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Mercado

is

minorities

Spanish

and ethnic

cough. He’d

vastly

underrepre-

had no appetite and dropped to

are

sented on the bone

marrow

registry.

lost all

pounds from

New Owen

Wilson movie

up

live

of his

He

hair. 1

180.

I I I

miraculous recovery.

So his parents turned to the Karmanos Cancer Centre, one of

success.

hotel

his

couple of months before coming

a sterile

the top cancer institutes in the U.S.,

Then he got a lung infection. “They had to isolate me, and make

fragile

weeks protecting

immune system

in

where

hospital room.

Doctors finally gave him the go-

ahead to leave his room for the time last week.

first

transplants.

someone

leave

to

the at

Conestoga in October 2007 when the leukemia he's been fighting on and off since he was 19 returned.

As

the disease worsened, doctors

said his only

hope was

to get a

bone marrow transplant - and he needed it fast.

was pretty grim,” Mercado said in a phone interview from his hospital room at Karmanos Cancer Centre in Detroit, Mich. “My body was shutting down. It was very “It

close.”

There was no exact donor match for him, a requirement for trans-

plants

performed

in

Ontario.

matters

complicate

and

plants,

mechanical engineering program

To

$ 200 000 After a

is

not

about

costs

it

.

,

OHIP

series

finally

of fundraisers,

agreed to help cover

Mercado began chemotherapy that would the cost of the procedure.

destroy

all

the leukemia cells and

normal white

cells in his

bone mar-

row.

He

turned 25 in the hospital on Jan. 10, and had his transplant on Jan. 15.

began - the wait to see if Mercado’s body would accept the donor marrow, if the marrow would start generating normal cells in his body, and if his weakened immune system could

Then

the wait

He had

nausea,

I

wasn't contagious,”

fevers

and a

said

Mercado.

“Now

move on

he said.

“I

row biopsy and it came back clean. That hasn't happened in a long time. The donor's bone marrow function is all working as it should."

Mercado depended on the overwhelming support he had from friends, family

and girlfriend Diana

Tadic to get him through the long boring days when he just had to wait to get better. When his doctor said he could finally go out on a short trip, he headed to the nearby Children’s Hospital.

“There was an 11 -year-old boy there also having a bone marrow transplant,” he said. “He was having it that day, and he wanted to

meet me.” the boy,

also Spanish, to give

who

is

him encour-

to the next stage

-

recovery process

back home Faith

to Kitchener.

to church. “I’d love to

able to go, but

crowds

he’ll stay for a

important to him, but he

is

go

of his

a special sterile

room where

can't

seems to be had a bone mar-

everything

Mercado met with

fight off infections.

further,

sure

tine,”

This mismatch procedure

as successful as exact-match trans-

else.

had

bone

the closest possible

donor.

Ill Mercado

mismatch

Patients receive

marrow from

And Mercado immediately went to help

perform

they

— No. 12

Mercado spent his last days at Karmanos over the Easter weekend. He is now well enough to

But over time these symptoms began to diminish and his white cell count began going up. Doctors were confident the transplant was a

Luis,

to expectations.

agement and support.

37

Mercado's parents, Ileana and went back to their native Nicaragua in the hopes of finding an exact match, without any luck.

spent 10

test.

40th Year

Dany Mercado has been battling leukemia for six months. After chemotherapy and a bone marrow lie's undergoing a transplant,

He

Dogs

day by day

getting better

By CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL

for

doesn’t

www.conestogac.on.ca/spoke

Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

2008

Dany

go

Just too predictable

or

are not normal.

31,

will

important

so you know when

Monday, March

we

puts the old sniffers to the

Self-education is

hunting

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

complex

is

be

can't be around

I

he said.

yet,”

He’s also looking forward to vis-

Ronald McDonald House and meeting the people who welcomed iting

his family there.

"They’ve been absolutely amazing,” he said. “My mom has become great friends with the people there. They've treated my family with such compassion, it’s been a blessing.”

Mercado hopes to return to Conestoga in 2009 and complete his program. “But I see my future in a different way now,” he said. “I used to always think about what I have to do, what would I have time

do? “But now I feel I have plenty of time to finish school and get married and have children.” And time to meet the one person to

who made

possible. In

all

it

two

(Internet photo)

Conestoga student Dany Mercado underwent a bone marrow transplant on Jan. 15. He’s hoping to be couple of months.

home

in

a

years, he will be able to get information about his donor. “I’m so grateful. I was losing

hope,” said Mercado. “The timeline was desperate when I got the call,” he said, adding that he can’t wait to meet the donor

and thank him or her personally. For more information about the bone marrow registry, go to

www.onematch.ca.

WIST program

gets

$290,000 boost Bv LEANNE

MOUNTFORD

their

own home.

This

The women in skilled trades (WIST) carpentry program at Conestoga College has received

Sponsored

Women's Since

it

Ontario

the

Directorate, the

program

is

not a regular program

funded program, must receive -special funding said Tanja Gancevich. employer liaison and program mar-

or

regularly

a

each year

it

keting for the school of trades and

Women's

Ontario

Directorate puts out calls for pro-

posals

and different

institutions

submit proposals, she said. The proposal must consist of letters from employers supporting

$290,000 students

in

in skilled

trades (WIST) carpentry program at Conestoga College

funding, thanks to the Ontario

who

started the

program

in

Women’s

is

the recipient of

Directorate. Ella Gashgarian,

September, said she

is

learning a

lot.

who

is

one

of

22

women ing and

support their family.

“We’ve had

a really high success

program and

why we've been

that's

funding for

it

I

think

granted

again.” she said. is

thrilled

about the

funding. “It's a really great

women

to

opportunity for

become confident

in

something they perhaps haven't been exposed to.”

WIST

carpentry

student. is

Ella

learning a

of things from the program. Although she enjoys theory, she likes shop the best. The WIST carpentry program is a

lot

vear

in

length and has operated tor

Gancevich. At the program's inception. 18 to

six vears. said

20 w omen accepted. Since relocating the program from the Guelph campus to the Waterloo campus, more shop

Gancevich.

space has increased the number

The

The women

liv

and prove that there is a good labour market and economy. "You don't want to train people in things there’s no work in.” said the initiative

(Photo by Leanne Mountford)

option for

Gashgarian. said she

apprenticeships.

The

vital

Gancevich

$290,000.

will receive

a

rate with this

funding for 2008.

by

is

where they can make a

first

WIST

program was created

and foremost

to prov ide eco-

nomic opportunities to women because they are more single-handedlv responsible for managing

of students able to take the pro-

gram. This school year, the program and next

started with 22 students

vear

it

will start with 25. she said.


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— SPOKE, March 31

,

News

2008

Now

deep thoughts Conestoga College

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SPOKE, March

Making students happy MARKO

By JENNIFER

of February.

"The Nicole Woodruff recently over as residence

life

took

co-ordinator

the Conestoga College Residence and Conference Centre and students say she is doing a at

going of

start

been a learning experience and though I'm starting to really I

feel as

settle in

now. I'm excited

there,” says

College as student

ideas and seeing what

mer.

Woodruff says she wanted life

how

she

to

witnessed

What

be

co-ordinator because

Connell

wanted

to gain the respect, be

of each student as he had," she

tions,

wants

me

and give

in the future

the experience

need for a future career

will

I

travel

in

and tourism."

RLC

challenges,

has had

especially

being away from the office for half

LRC

and when a student come and talk.

"The biggest challenge right now is dealing with time management," "It's

been

difficult

cramming so much work into the few weeks I've been in the office this past

month. Not

I

Orleans (where she

that

I

regret

Habitat

a

in

for

project) twice in the past

loved

but

it,

has been a

it

its number of computers summer. “The library is packed during its peak hours, which are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and that is when our

over the summer.

'"I'm loving the idea of being able to have a direct effect on residence life right from the beginning of the

knew exactly what to expect and what her responsibilities are. Both Ryan and Nicole are very caring and friendly people, so they both fit

school year to the end,” she says.

the job very well.”

What students about Woodruff tive

she

will

next year.

need that

is

know

to

she,

like

others, did not have a posi-

residence experience.

“I

would love

around and

to

try to

change things the most

make

ing the

summer

computing sup-

its

webpage

dur-

for any interested

“We the

LRC

post

positions

as

they

available," she said, adding

also annually hires library

assistants

and other students

help

audiovisual department.

in the

Schneider said year the

need the

ing support help research already provide

the

librarians

at the

information

LRC

this

is

the

to

first

will start looking for

computing support assistants. The volume of students in the library has heavily increased after the

LRC

Computing

support assistants be responsible for technical and software questions, such as how to print on one side of the page

will

or

how

Word. "Our

to superscript

something

in

librarians don’t have a lot of

Harnden says Nicole great job and already

resi-

says she thinks Ryan was a great

concern,” says Gutscher.

“The only suggestion

Gutscher’s only suggestion for

“Since Nicole has worked here

says Harnden. "Maybe she could organize more trips like Habitat for

his job.

since the summer, she had lots of

a

first-year

civil

find out that

my

services are there

more

Humanity.”

to

Income tax time is upon us again. With the April 30 deadline fast approaching,

it

is

time to pore over

those receipts and forms collected throughout the year and try to get some money back. all

also a time for many students debate whether or not they should bother because of the hasIt is

to

often," he said.

Schneider said the

I

to

By JOHN LINLEY

engi-

that they will begin asking for help

is

Students: file returns

do.”

neering student, said he is a Microsoft Office specialist who knows the ins and outs of all the products, Microsoft different including Word and Excel. “1 hope that as soon as students

happening

the different events

LRC

will

be

looking for students who are quite proficient in troubleshooting and

knowledgeable

in a variety

sle.

(Photo by John Lintey)

Many with

students go through school

little

to

pointless since

Even students with a limited income should complete their

taxes and

tax returns, as their education

no income, so

tax return

someone we figured

systems.

they haven't paid any

may seem

will not get

much money

filing a

back.

be claimed

expenses can

still

at a later date

when

they are

former Shaun accountant at Symons, Wearn and Smith LLP in Woodstock, said that isn't the case. With all the school

This can include a

expenses that can be claimed, it is a good idea to file every year. “Even if you don't have any

your income, a T4A which is sent if you received any scholarships or bursaries and the T2202A form

a

file,

and

it

s

interest amounts can be carried forward to future years when they can be more helpful in covering your

These deductions can also be transferred to a parent, grandparent

or a spouse

needed.

T4

showing

slip

which is a statement of the tuition you paid during the current school year.

students

Graduating received

OSAP

will

also

who be

mailed a receipt showing how much interest they paid on their loan, a portion of which can be claimed. Josh Nuhn. a second-year electriwas not aware of

cian apprentice,

taxes.

who might

benefit from

them.

"This can be a good way ot returning a favour if they were a big part of financing your education." said Schaefer.

Aside from tuition and rent, students can also claim other education expenses such as bus passes .

fall.

every-

names and lets everyone know about upcoming events.

Woodruff is to keep on displaying posters around residence about

showed a

always beneficial for students because they can claim their rent and tuition," he said. Schaefer said even if these claims cannot help you in the current year, tuition amounts and student loan

the

doing a

is

knows

true love for

RLC who

income you can

in

fill-

ing Ryan’s shoes.”

have for keep doing what she's doing, come up with more events and get more people involved,"

Schaefer,

students

I

think she'll have any problem

her

of different software products and

(Photo by Hien Dinh)

Ryan. She’s a very happy, informative and smiley person and don't

“She is very friendly and makes you feel comfortable when you approach her with a question or

early

are also

Mike Kroutil, a first-year civil engineering student, is the first person to be hired as a computing support assistant at the LRC. His responsibilities include fixing paper jams, refilling paper and helpmore ing students with troubleshooting. The LRC will be hiring

replacement,” says Harnden. “She has a lot of the same qualities as

childhood education student Katie Gutscher

Second-year

experience with troubleshooting so when we were looking to hire that students

many

the

in

take place in

that

instrument Jenna Harnden

always had a smile on his face, so Woodruff has big shoes to fill. "However, Nicole’s the perfect

she says.

Kroutil,

provide computalong with the

It’s difficult to

desk, she said.

students.

become

activities

hearing

student

says Connell was a lot of fun, knew everyone's names, kept everyone updated on all the events and he

one’s

library

port assistants on

get people involved

First-year specialist

dence.

most help.”

technicians will

is

keep people involved, and to keep being enthusiastic and outgoing.

positive experience for everyone,”

Linda Schneider, manager of the LRC. said t/ie library will be advertising positions for

She says she thinks Woodruff

doing a good job so far and though she has not been in the position for very long, she has already tried to

tall.

the

residence

in

“I think this pre-

pared her well for the job as she

RLC

Schneider said the LRC has hired Mike Kroutil this term but plans on hiring more than one student for the busy fall term.

at

lived

be

returning as

we

Learning Resource Centre next

who

Gutscher,

would have more, experience than

students will be

the hard

really getting settled in.”

last

able to find job opportunities

work he put into residence and she was there to help him out when needed,” says all

challenge. I'm looking forward to

doubled

Computer savvy

saw

— Page 3

her goal

is

time to work alongside Ryan and

hiring students

By HIEN DINH

«

etc.

says Woodruff.

She says being the interesting

likes dishing out lines.”

to just

New

Humanity month,

many

The biggest reward is hearing from the students that they are happy with an event, the decora-

says. "Plus, this position will train

many jobs

like,

the discipline part of

is

the job.

me

for so

interesting.”

is

Woodruff doesn’t

however,

"No one

involved and see the development

interacting

“Designing some of the event crowds come

interacting with the residents. "I

likes

out to those events

residence

of

She says she

to

participated

Woodruff hopes

Woodruff.

with the students the most.

program-

to start

making some changes here and

good job. She replaced Ryan Connell, who accepted a position at Conestoga life

has

position

this

2008

31,

and the cost of textbooks. To claim any of these things you need the proper forms, so be sure to attach your rent and transit pass receipts, along with any forms from the college or employers.

just how many of his expenses could be claimed to help get some

money "I

back.

send

in

my

every year, but

1

income tax return had no idea you

could claim things like textbooks and bus passes. he said. "

This information and

much more

found on the Canadian Revenue Agency s w ebsite on the forms and publications page at www.cra.gc.ca/forms. The income tax form package, which is w hat you fill in and send awa\. is also available on the w ebsite. or can be ordered by calling

can

be

1-800-959-2221.


Page 4

— SPOKE, March 31

,

Commentary

2008

Ontario budget 2008

Pet food recalls

University of

Conestoga

are no treat You go treats

days

and pick up your dog’s favourite to feed to your best friend. Two your beloved family pet is sick from- salmonella

to the pet store

and take them home later

poisoning.

This has actually happened to some people, forcing a dogtreat recall for Canada and the United States. What's even more frightening is that people handling these salmotreats are also in danger of coming in contact with the nella.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning dog owners to stay away from Roll Over Pork Tenders Premium

Dog

Treats.

This is the second pet-food recall Canada has had in the past year, causing concern that other brands will be next. The CFIA" issued a warning on their website March 13, which stated that 50-gram packages of the treats are what

have been contaminated and as of March 13, one illness had been documented. There's no telling how many more pets have become ill since then. Last spring Menu Foods recalled their pet food products all across the country after it killed numerous cats and dogs. Later that same year, in June, animal feed was turned away from the Canadian border because in mid-May an import of corn gluten from Pet food companies have

China tested positive for melamine and cyanuric acid contamination, which block

own regulations, so who knows what is being their

kidney function and can be found in the urine and kidneys of sick animals. There needs to be action

found and not reported since only 10 per cent of pet foods are certified.

Ah

of

yes, here

happening again.

The CFIA ensures that no banned products get into any pet food sold in Canada; Health Canada ensures that there are no fake claims on pet food packages; the Competition Bureau administers legislation surrounding proper labeling for packin

Canada. governs

we go

"Round and round

quer" Tibet. But

again.

First

it's

the merry-go-

it's

However, none of these regulate the production of pet food at the manufacturing level, such as what's in the food and the

Opinion

tions. In fact, he has said,

in

is

public relations

increased autonomy. But his holi-

2008 games

will host the

-Beijing this

ness' calls for

actions

turning into a public

relations disaster for China,

on many

occasions, that his goal in regards to Tibet is not independence, but

In fact, the issue of Tibetan inde-

pendence

which

in

summer.

of Tibet,

be

on the people

lost

many of whom

resent the

issue of Tibetan

autonomy

not new, but a recurring probcentral gov-

lem for the Chinese

ernment, which quelled the

the Tibetan people.

sites,

as consequences.

The Dalai Lama has often repeated his "middle way" stance

China launched a military cam-

school students joined the marches.

As

a

I

must say

that

when

the

Tiananmen Square

incident in Beijing

was broadcast

However, the relationship between

I

do not support Tibetan independence as endorsed by radical anti-

Tibet and mainland China has

China

unfortunately,

protesters.

exiled

supreme

always been a complex issue which,

But then, neither

does the Dalai Lama,

who

is

the

spiritual leader

as„_

of

glaring

Chinese government's clampdown

on journalists and its censorship of media reports does not help matters. But what is clear by now is that the

Chinese policy of aggres-

sive investment spending in order

appease the Tibetan population,

to

is

rarely reported in

mainstream western media.

For instance, on most news webwestern media reports that

paign into Tibet

in

What that the

are

attempt to assimilate

more worrisome now is new generation of Tibetans

is

more radicalized than ever

before, as are

its

now

many young

Tibetans

rejecting the "middle

path" as endorsed by the Dalai

Lama and

actively promoting the

use of violence and tenor tactics

around the world.

both a Taiwanese and mainland-

Chinese lineage,

last

significant uprising in Tibet in

1989,

Chinese-Canadian who has

some

the Tibetan culture, has failed.

is

local high

there are

migrants into the region.

staged a protest of the Chinese gov-

when

it,

as well as

trouble started on

into full-blown riots

but to "retrieve"

recent increase of ethnic Chinese

The

March 10, when Buddhist monks from Lhasa

may

».

calm and measured

ernment, which quickly snowballed

is

is

biases in western reports, the

of peaceful protests and negotia-

than just a few dents

new

likely to get

its territory.

Though

impacts have nonetheless

China's shiny

it,

as part of

only part of the problem. The other part of the problem is that pet food companies often have their own regulations and do their own testing and quality control, so who knows what is being found and not reported since only 10 per cent of pet foods in Canada are certified. Some feel that since larger companies use the same nutrition standards and regulations they don't feel the need to provide proper certification. This has gone on long enough and there have been other cases of pet/animal-food contamination over the years. The organizations that are supposed to be regulating these products need to step it up and set some tougher rules as well

amounts. This

conquer

have been perhaps partly expected, its

ask

not that China went to Tibet to

Tibetan independence.

made more

to

China has always considered Tibet

Events of the past few weeks

but

answer you're

the

Wei-Lon Lee

the Spielberg tirade

about the Darfur genocides, and

now

you were

if

any Chinese or even a Taiwanese,

round we go."

The

standards for livestock feed.

will

in

armour and just in time for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

taken to prevent this from

aged pet food and the Animal Feeds Act

W mentioned budget; Conestoga get short end of stick? China needs to reconsider its Tibet strategy U

1950 to "con-

in

order to gain complete independence, and not just I

believe

it

is

return of the Dalai

ous prospect,

more autonomy.

time to consider the

if

Lama

rising discontent

of the Tibetan pop-

ulations in China, for

want Tibet

as a seri-

only to assuage the

I

would not

to be China's

Kosovo, or

worse, the next Tiananmen Square.

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31

,

2008

— Page 5

Volunteer for student panels By WEI-LON LEE

much more

"It’s

motivating and have one or two students speak on behalf of a program, because they’re the ones

past and

who

his life,

convincing

Conestoga College is recruiting volunteers to he on student panels, hoping they will keep attracting

more prospective students upcoming fall semester. “I think

it’s

for the

really important for

students to volunteer for the stu-

who

are

attending classes

here, so they can speak

from

their-

experiences far better than any faculty or co-ordinator,” said Paul

Osborne, director of marketing Conestoga College.

The students on

the panels,

arc living

you about

all

and they can

it,

tell

at

who

will be

speaking with high school students on April 5 as part of Explore Conestoga, are actually

of the students attending Conestoga are mature students or students who have been out in the workforce for a lew years and have

decided to either pursue further education or have opted for a career change, said Osborne. High school students are espeinterested

hear about lil'e-changingsStories, he said. “There was one particular engito

neering student who already had an undergraduate degree as well as

volunteers who were recommended by their program co-ordinator. Their job is to speak to students’

but

he absolutely

hated his job, and

when he opted

and answer any question as well

for a career

as share their college life experi-

he found Osborne.

ence.

a master’s in

degree

university,

in his discipline

change his

at

Conestoga,

calling,”

Conestoga

said

Conestoga

alumnus,

used to have drug and alcohol

addictions, told students about his

how college has changed recounted Osborne.

uncommon

not

“It’s

these

Many

cially

Another

who

the highs, as well as

the lows,” he said.

dent panels, because they are the

ones

to

life-changing

our students,” he

hear of

to

from

stories

said.

He added that it is these kinds of anecdotes which will most likely resonate with high school students. the emotional

“It’s

comes with

impact

that

these stories,” he said.

All too often, there

is

an implicit

misconception

that “the best col-

lege

students

wouldn't

well

in

fare

too

a university setting,” said

Osborne, a former radio broadcastand college graduate. “But many of our students decided to come here not because they er

can’t

get

into

a

university,

but

because of the more hands-on approach college education offers,”

(Photo by Wei-ton Lee) Paul Osborne, director of marketing at Conestoga College, says using students as representatives of specific programs is one

he said.

the best

the

-

of

ways

week

to recruit

in

new

students from high school.

photos

Right, Const.

J. Michael T. Durk Royal Canadian Mounted Police was a repre-

of the

sentative for his organization at the on-campus job fair March

The

RCMP

was one

of

68

employers on hand looking

to

19.

hire

Conestoga students. (Photo by John Lintey)

(Photo by Kerry Reed)

Conestoga’s student enrolment is growing wildly, but wild Canadian geese are not a part of the population yet. However, these two geese don’t

know

the college and

(Photo by Leanne Mountford) event was held in Graduation On March 20, the first Passport to the recreation the LRC, from Members Centre. Life Student the centre, Johnson Insurance and Win Leader Frames, to name a few, showed up to let students who are about to graduate know the benefits which are available to them through the Alumni Association and Alumni Services. Above, Jen Davies from career

services

was one

of the participants.

seem

to

that, frequently visiting its

pond.

(Photo by Joshua Khan)

free doughnuts, Roll up the rim! Although no one has won a car at the college, they have received prizes. won have staff and faculty coffees and other treats. So far, 2,519 students,


Feature

— SPOKE, March 31, 2008

Page 6

Arming against infertility what the normal symptoms are for your body in order to gauge when symptoms go awry. Variations in your basic cycle are often precursors to potential problems as benign as a hormonal imbalance, which is easy to treat, to

By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE finances,

Somewhere amidst assignments, erratic diets,

patterns

is

our social lives and irregular sleep an oft-neglected but imperative health: ovulation

component of female lack of

it,

Women

fertility,

and taking

command

according to Shelley Gibbs, a

naturopathic doctor

at

the

Duke Centre

homework, jobs and

PMS

“Women’s

"Just because

finances, but such neglect

mean

present,

is

syndrome, also referred to as she was 30. The syndrome is characterized by a hormonal imbalance of too

lets

PCOS, when

us

much

adrenalin and too little follicle-stimulathormone, which causes cyst growth on the ovaries and impedes conception.

common does-

they're normal. If there’s

it

know

there's

ing

symptoms

After trying for four years to conceive, with

something out

the assistance of in vitro fertilization technolo-

of balance (with our bodies).” Gibbs,

who

ture, said

poor

gy and suffering a miscarriage, Roberts sucbaby boy. Though PCOS was a roadblock toward par-

specializes in long-term repro-

ductive health and stress

uted to college

life,

fertility-related

management

cessfully adopted a

acupunc-

often attrib-

enthood, Roberts said she

as well as a sedentary

poor dietary choices and toxin exposure can all cumulatively have a large impact

tility

lifestyle,

on women’s

is

“It’s

(for infertility)

harder to be unex-

know what you’re

is

Furthermore, doctors do not screen for potential fertility threats including

imbalances,

STDs

asked.

therefore vital to be

It

is

knowledge, or

can lead to future problems.

hormonal

or ovarian cancer, unless

at least

armed with

a proactive approach, to

utive director

Evora said a common practice young women overlook is obtaining regular PAP smears and

the

physical

and information specialist with Awareness Association of Canada. “Education is absolutely necessary. Women need to know what’s going on (with their bodies) and what questions to ask (healthInfertility

checkups, especially

are

if

understanding

to

go for

their regular

PAP

of times (STDs) are

smears because a

lot

asymptomatic,” she

said.

HPV

external bacteria present in the pelvic organs damage or scar the ovaries and fallopian tubes,

with

thereby causing

Evora said infertility-causing STDs, as well PCOS and endometriosis, a physical condition where the uterine lining builds along the outer uterus, are the most prevalent threats to fertility and are well worth the venture to the as

gynecologist.

one

Rodgers,

Canada’s

of

know, who’ve had many sexual partners, haven’t had PAP tests because girls

I

will be

it

awkward

or

uncom-

who was diagnosed

Rodgers,

at the

with ovarian

age of 20, paid heed to the painful

can

still

their

own

to

impact pelvic health when the

- chemotherathe

Rodgers has considered harvesting her eggs isolate

the

In,

able to

She has thus founded

tumour.

Myself Outside

was

a foundation devoted to

ovarian cancer research and awareness.

"Myself Outside In I really want

because

Awareness Association

Canada, said long-term use of synthetic hormones may disrupt the body’s natural balance. “At the end of the day, when (women) manipulate the natural cycle of their bodies, there’s going to be (effects that),” she said.

.

.

.

MOI

is

abbreviated into

emphasize the impor-

taking care of yourself, inside and

hair,

cures, but they

much

time

tanning and getting mani-

need

to

remember

to take care

of their insides and their health.”

of

of

es to diet, exercise, sleep and stress

ment.

all

of which can affect

it

is

also

to contribute to the alle-

infertility’s

impact on patients

through social support,

“People don’t realize the she said.

The

“It

infertility

stress with infertil-

can get very lonely and bit.”

support group Roberts

facili-

one avenue of creating solace among women, both fertile and infertile, toward the achievement of greater sensitates in

Kitchener

tivity to

such an issue,

is

“The journey toward fertility changes you forever and makes you more compassionate,” said Roberts,

In

the

women diet

meantime,

recommends

Gibbs

address daily immediacies such as

and sleep

in

order to promote long-term

reproductive health, in conjunction with getting regular physical checkups.

now

Such simple

equal greater chances of future

fertility,

“An ounce of prevention

is

worth a pound of

cure,” said Gibbs.

For

more

information

regarding

the

Awareness Association of Canada, contact Melanie Roberts at 519-880-0209 or at kwiaac@rogers.com. For more information about Myself Outside In, visit www.myselfoutsidein.com or e-mail Alexandra Rodgers at myselfoutsidein@hotmail.com.

To book and/or obtain information regarding

Health comprises our day-by-day approachof

viation

women

Infertility

to

she said. "Girls spend so

doing their

reduce breast and cervical cancers, Sandra Evora, information specialist with the Infertility

tance of out,"

can

bolsters the notion that envi-

days as fertility-threatening, said

practices

like that."

for future use, though her treatment

pill

who

exclude people quite a

need to be on top of

be faced with a decision

indicates the

Roberts,

ronmental factors must be considered these

her ovaries.

was daunting. “It was so bizarre because I was so young and hadn’t even thought of my future children before," she said. “And it really scared me to

Though research

and certain chemicals we’re

“Pesticides

ity,”

prospect of possibly losing both her ovaries

vary.

produce and endocrine-disrupting plastics, have become a prime area for concern.

abdominal symptoms she was experiencing due to a mango-sized tumor attacking one of

py and radiation - are considered. Rodgers said after her diagnosis,

pills

to environ-

mental factors, such as pesticides present on

important for

fortable,” she said.

side effects of cancer treatment

but opinions about the safety of

said.

Gibbs said accumulated exposure

bodies),” she said.

“So many

Ovarian cancer, though not a direct threat

(Photo by Holly Featherstone)

our bodies,” she

tions.

cancer

take charge of their health,

stress is also

exposed to mimic the bad estrogens responsible for cramps, PMS and anovulation (in our

fertility,

women can

of ovulation, a significant factor. “Stress affects hormones and the balance of

irregularity or cessation

youngest victims of ovarian cancer, can attest to the urgency of obtaining physical examina-

within their bodies,” she said.

remain one way

issues are weight-related, obesity being linked PCOS and low body weight causing the

Evora said

infertility.

health and aware of any changes that occur

still

stability,

Evora said being over or underweight can impact the production of hormones responsible for ovulation. Twelve per cent of fertility

“Women

Oral contraceptives

reproductive

and chlamydia, are often untraceable yet are one of the major causes of infertility in women. If left untreated, these diseases can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, in which

they’re scared

they are sexually active.

The process of self-education commences itself:

they

bleeding, pelvic or cramp-related pain, or

“(Women) have

with the menstrual cycle

if

enduring menstrual symptoms of excessive

care providers).”

in

more awareness of Kitchener, said women need of menstrual symptoms. absence and/or presence the cially regarding

Alexandra

reproductive health.

think of the long-

term,” said Sandra Evora, assistant to the exec-

for

to build

Sexually transmitted diseases, such as

since reproductive health

not simply diagnose patients, but rather administer treatment by means of ruling out the possibilities. Unfortunately, this process can be overdrawn, tedious and inconclusive. By the time some infertile patients are referred to fertility specialists, it is too late.

health entirely or simply waiting too long to

Change and Wellness their own bodies, espe-

the Duke Centre

dealing with.

infertility is scary.”

Roberts said

abandoning pelvic

(Photo by Holly Featherstone)

unex-

often cryptic, health-care professionals will

Though most college students are bombarded with thoughts of paying off student loans or working toward fulfilling academic goals

“Young generations don’t

a relief,” she said.

Unexplained

conceive (in the future).”

rather than having children,

left

Shelly Gibbs, a naturopathic doctor at

plained than to

and menstrual history. ‘Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a book that should be given to all women at puberty,” she said. “There’s no way of knowing if (conception) will go your way Until you actually try

fertility

relieved her infer-

“To get any type of diagnosis

their bodily cycles

ensure

is

rather than

was diagnosed

plained.

health.

Gibbs said women are not given adequate knowledge and understanding of their bodies at puberty. Nor are they encouraged to actively arm themselves with essential knowledge of

to

ovarian

tic

so complex,” said Gibbs.

(symptoms) are

also oversees local infertility

group meetings, faced conception challenges after being diagnosed with polycys-

are ignored.

health

who

Roberts,

support

to

cramps or

or uterine abnormali-

Association of Canada. health

long-term consequences, especialsymptoms as simple as severe menstrual

can lead

n’t

for

a lesser degree of importance than

assumes

STD

which are more laborious to diagnose. “If you have painful periods, it’s good to get that checked out when you're young,” said Melanie Roberts, representative of the Kitchener chapter of the Infertility Awareness

ties,

Change and Wellness in Kitchener. Far more often than not, women’s

ly if

severe cases of an

or the

of college age should be prioritizing

their reproductive health

of their

-

called anovulation.

managefertility and

PAP smears or reproDoon campus health serv-

physical examinations, ductive health, visit ices,

Room 2A 103.


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Easter egg hunt a treat for By KERRY REED not just tun for children

is

and adults;

fun for dogs too.

is

it

The annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs, put on by the National Service Dogs organization, was held at Bingemans in Kitchener on March 2 Mara Engel, volunteer co-ordina1

said

tor,

it

is

.

a fun event for every-

one.

"We

placed

about 4,000 plastic

eggs around the park for dogs to dig up. In

and a the

each egg there

is

sticker,” said Engel.

dog

sticker

is

treat

is

for the

a

dog

,

2008

— Page 7

all

Engel.

National Service Dogs Easter

31

treat

“Of course

dog and

and

only

service

is

the

first

dog program

focused on children with autism in Canada. The service was founded in 1996 and provides customized, unique personal services for children and their families. Eight-year-old B riel le Gutlensohn said, “1 really like taking my

dog Raven

to find Easter eggs.

both have a

lot

my own

in

on

my

We

$40 neighbourhood

of fun.

I

raised

to help out.”

For more

information

on the

service go to www.nsd.on.ca.

the

for the people to collect.”

The 2008 egg hunt in Kitchener more than $18,700, enough money to pay for a dog for an raised

autistic child.

This compares to $42,000 raised year from all nine locations which include Kitchener, Windsor and Barrie. Organizers had set a goal of $20,000. “1 was extremely pleased with the turnout this year. There were 100 dogs registered. It was last

really great to see

people help out

such a worthwhile cause.” All

participants had to register

and pay $20 to participate. Each

two egg cartons up to 24 eggs. If

registrant received to possibly find

the registrants collected additional

donations on

the

organization’s

behalf they received more cartons

depending on the donation amount. If participants

collected a certain prize

number of stickers, a small was awarded.

“We

,200 prizes for the 4,000 eggs that were hidden,” said

only had

1

(Photo by Kerry Reed) Brielle

8, and her 5, of Kitchener

Guttensohn,

brother Hunter,

and their dog Raven collected 12 eggs during the Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs at Bingemans.

Emily Temple, 13, of Kitchener, and her dog, Zipper, enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt Bingemans held by the National Service Dogs on March 21

for

Dogs

at

i

The Left,

winners are

Robin

award

for

Woods

I

...

accepts her

2007 co-op student

of the year given by Education at

Work Ontario

at

an awards

ceremony on March

19.

She

also received an honourable mention in the Canadian

Association for Co-operative Education 2007 co-op student I

of the

year award competition.

Below right, Conestoga president John Tibbits presents the award for 2007 Co-op Employer of the Year to Jeff Wiesel,

VP

of the switch busi-

ness unit at COM DEV Ltd. Below left, all the nominees for co-op student of the year from the schools of business and engineering receive their certificates for being nominated.

Photos by John Linley


— SPOKE, March 31

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,

News

2008

Are you raging behind the wheel? Safe driving on the roads requires patience and tolerance By MARCIA LOVE

Do you by

traffic

find yourself frustrated to school or

on your drive

than

those

Gomez

and

safer drivers

other

in

countries.

work?

A

As dangerous as road rage may seem to some drivers on Canadian roads, some believe Canadians are

little

aggravation

is all

it

takes

Dulce

.

Maria

ESL

for road rage to take the wheel.

Kolesnikova, both level four

Rajko Hajder, a driving instructor with Twin City Driving School in

students at Conestoga College, said

Kitchener, said he has seen a

lot

of

road rage while driving. "I see people swerving, yelling,

showing angry facial expressions and cutting people off. They don’t realize that it’s necessary to keep space between vehicles. They’re so eager to pass people, and for what? Just so they can gain

six

said people think they are pro-

tected in

their vehicles and get so

comfortable they become reckless and don't think there are any dan-

n’t

you think about

drivers

in

their

home

active

here,

"Police

(Photo by Marcia Love)

more

are

because they give out more speed-

moves through the intersection of Boulevard. Rajko Hajder, a Kitchener driving instructor, said he has seen a

ing tickets,”

Gomez

said,

who

who

is

“...

from Russia,

it

people

jump so why

is it

OK

to cut

they don’t time themselves proper-

on the road? The vehicle gives a

on the road?”

Rajko Hajder,

ly-

Brian Anderson, a first-year

tele-

who

cut

him

when

come

I

sometimes has bad road rage. "If something frustrates me

that

is

to a

mov-

they are driving.

happens

erate through as fast as

vision broadcasting student, said he

everybody is as good a driver as you think you are. Many people don't like to drive but have to.” Hajder said people need to be more patient and tolerant when

he said.

“When get

he said. “You have to realize not

off.

get angry

“I

ing,”

Twin City Driving School instructor

people

false sense of security."

off

hurt (in car crashes) for no reason,”

slam my hands on the steering wheel or scream,” he said. Anderson said he gets frustrated by bad drivers, potholes and drivers

four-way stop and no one

to drive at higher

in

someone

in

someone in line, so why is OK to cut

“People here are more polite towards pedestrians,” she said, “but

seem

You wouldn’t jump

front of

aggressively.

they also

of road rage through-

is

here.”

Kolesnikova,

lot

out Waterloo Region.

from Mexico. “In comparison with Mexico, it’s a lot better driving

more

Homer Watson Boulevard and Conestoga College

Traffic

countries.

Hajder said many people are in a rush when they are driving because

you would-

it,

in front of

line,

off

than

speeds, here.”

gers.

“If

tious

said she has noticed Russians drive

metres.”

He

Canadian drivers seem more cau-

away from

I

I

“There are more and more cars on the roads, and the roads aren’t getting any bigger,” he said. “People may call a car crash an

just accel-

can just to

it.”

Hajder said people need to understand they don’t have the right to

accident, but a lot of the time they aren’t.

drive, but the privilege. I’ll

"It’s

We

something

sad that people are getting

can almost always do to avoid them.”

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on

April

FRANCA MAIO

By

monies, according to the turning

in the face,

Getting pie

the clocks back an hour and creat-

happen on the same day every year. Are you prepared to fool or be fooled? ing a fictional scenario

all

Day

Fool’s

April

fast

is

approaching, but are you aware ot

why

or where

it

all

1 museum

of hoaxes

site.

The when

last

theory goes back to 1582

the

Georgian calendar was

moved from April

1 ,

the

to Jan.

1

Some

individuals

refused

to

change with the calendar and con-

began?

New

tinued

mofhoaxes.com/aforigin), there

and those who changed, played jokes on those who did not. Are you going to participate in the celebration or will you be

is

no known origin for the day when most of us have a little fun at

someone else's expense. The site lists different theories for why the day has become a part once known as All

day,

celebrate

to

week during March 25 -

Year's April

1

does not plan

to participate.

Larry Stuart, a second-year com-

Middle Ages. Although it was celdocumentation little

puter program analyst student, said

in

ebrated,

answer as

is

it

to

hard to find a solid

where

according to the

it

all

began,

he once set

hour "It

in his

all

the clocks

ahead an

the

week. he "

said,

notes on the minors

left

One of the theories is based around Noah letting the dove go before the water around the arch

and the fridge telling his family members to go back to sleep. “They were not impressed,” he

had subsided.

said

According

to the site,

called sending the

this

dove on a

was

fool's

errand.

Another theory

is

based around a

holiday celebrated in France during

the

Festus fools),

Middle Ages called the Fatuorum (the feast of

according to the

site.

People would elect a fake pope

and mock church

rituals

and cere-

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Veronica Mousseau, a first-year said she

the

Day, started back

exists, so

Students,

fooled? graphic design student,

of our culture.

The

SPENDING

ebrate the day.

According to the museum of (www.museuwebsite hoaxes

Fool’s

START

new year was week of March 25when we now cel-

introduced and the

Nathan Reiman, a first-year software engineering student, said he has an ongoing prank fest with one of his friends.

He

said he

was not sure what

this

year's prank will be.

For a

list

of the top

Fool's pranks played

10 April

last year.

\

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www.museumofhoaxes.com/at_20 05

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Entertainment

SPOKE, March

31

2008

,

— Page

1

Reality television Week of March

Aries March

2

2008

31,

September 23

-

1

taking over our minds

is

Libra

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By SARAH JAYNES

-

addicted to the drama and conflicts

October 22

April 19

Once upon Aries

ruled by

is

be surprised

if

sion this week.

under control

Libra

don't

you're causing ten-

Keep your temper this week or you

something very impor-

lose

will

Mars so

ruled by Venus which

is

makes you very social, (live in to your need for a social life and invite to

some

friends over.

Stay

in

have drinks, order a pizza and

play cards or Monopoly.

tant to you.

a time there were teleshows with reoccurring char-

vision

week, a stable plot and

acters each

wholesome morals and values that could be instilled upon viewers. Nowadays, television is drama, drama, drama, with challenges

who

prove

the strongest person

followed by a vote off

Taurus April 20

1

May

-

20

now only

are

Taurus

ruled by Venus, god-

is

week

is

the

week

to spoil oneself.

Death represents both ending and beginnings. Something major in your life will come to an end but every end is merely a new begin-

some

extra time gazing at beauty

at its

finest

whether

it

ruled by Pluto, god

is

of the nether world and the dead.

Hit the theatre and spend

the hottie

Scorpio

This

arts.

be a painting or

you pass every week.

ning.

21

Sagittarius

j

November 22

June 21

-

2000

TV

Survivor,

-

ruled

is

by Mercury

messenger of the gods. You will be told something that

Sagittarius

ruled by Jupiter,

is

Roman god who

the

the

needs to be said to a specific party.

on the path to good fortune. When you hit a fork in the road this week, stay opti-

If

you deliver the message you

heavens.

You

will get shot despite the old say-

mistic to find the right

ing "don't shoot the messenger."

good payday.

for a

December 22

July 22

-

way

America’s Next Top Model, Beauty and the Geek, Hotel,

that

over you

right

now

pull

will

whatever you desire within your

move

reach. Let the cycle

and reap the

freely

benefits.

now

viewers are

Call With

the help of

by

writing

aspects and disadvantages of enter-

nation pays off in the end.

ing the civilized jungle called high

gggp Aquarius January 20

Leo I

August

-

-

''

February 18

22

refuses reality

to

let

children

his

shows.

Young says he would

rather have

watch a

TV show

children

his

Leos are ruled by the sun, the centre of our universe. The sun is also a sign of authority.

You

usu-

Aquarius

is

ruled by Uranus, the

Greek sky and first planet discovered. You will discover something

ally try to shine

unexpected while you're looking

but this time

at the sky.

and be the centre you must let some-

one else have the spotlight. Steal the spotlight and you'll be hiding

from

When you

stumble take

a minute to figure out

why

for a

mr v \

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Virgo August 23

Pisces February 19

-

March 20

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September 22

and sexual innuendos. Drillbit Taylor is based on two best friends, Wade, played by Nate Hartley, and Ryan, played by Troy Upon entering high Gentile. the next four years the time

But when Wade makes the mistake of defending a geek from a demeaning bully, the kids

that

is

ruled by

Mercury and

makes you excellent

in

the

field of communication. However, you may have difficulty expressing your feelings this week. Don't let it get the best of you because you would've said something

you're not supposed

Pisces

ancient

is

Neptune the sea. Your ever

ruled by

god of

the

turning tides can

stir

up

the deep-

of feeling. To avoid an unwanted visitor use your deceptive surface to create an illusion of mys-

-est

tery

and depth.

to.

life.

a third-year

journalism student holding fate in the palm of her hand.

funny parts involving the different characters, but will

Although a shows don’t

it's

not a

movie

that

have everyone talking once

of reality

such

as

TV The

Newlyweds, Joe High School Reunion, there are always new shows coming on. With over 40 million people tuning in each week, there is no way that this “real-life” programming will disand

appear.

do an outstanding job

it’s

In regards to writing, the story could have been written better. We

know how

all

hilarious the

Superbad and Knocked

movies

Up

were,

audiences expect Rogen and Apatow to deliver another blockbuster. However. Drillbit Tax lor

so

doesn't live up to the expectations. Not only does the movie drag a little

bit.

but

some scenes

are pre-

dictable.

The main reason why some jokes do work is because ot the acting. Wilson makes a return to the big

laugh or a chance to become nostalgic and revisit those da\ s back in

'

with

at

lot last,

over.

the

what happens

your

the jokes and one-liners memorable. There are a few

where

main

in

that

aren't

screen

bully's

his

jokes

same old aren’t

sell;

forced.

But

if

you

are looking for a

good

high school, then this movie can satisfy those needs.

high school and

other kids avoiding the situation altogether,

Wade and

his

friends

decide to find a personal

body-

guard. In

steps

the

Drillbit Taylor,

character,

title

who

is

played by

Owen

Wilson. Instead of being a famous bodyguard. Taylor is actu-

scam

artist

who

is

interested

in stealing his client’s stull

is

is

targets.

ally a

Jennifer Sprach

you’ve got a coffee cup

With everyone's parents oblivious to

Virgo

next episode.”

high school.

hand, no one says anything." One major flaw with this movie

the

are able

portraying the highs and lows of

without the vulgar language

become

way we

Gentile also do great jobs. They arq not only perfect for their characters

himself as a substitute teacher; like the character says “as long as

of their

that

suave way which is classic Owen Wilson. It doesn't matter what he says, it’s how he says it. Along with Wilson. Hartley and

Apatow have helped to create a movie about adolescence that’s very similar to the film Superbad,

make

it.

girl-

watch the shows

a bodyguard? Owen Wilson?

Rogen, director and producer Judd

school, the two friends decide to

surprise.

“My

I

of

with Brill

she says.

get excited and anticipate the

but they also

Steven

just

to

Millionaire

healthy

it’s

school.

July 23

fun,”

friends

Osbournes,

think

Rogen,

Seth

“It’s

drama or lives.

Instead, the lines are delivered in a

desired goal. Hard, steady determi-

Along

or

can’t

own

in their

to

don’t

“I

some comedic

actor

excitement

watch other people sit around arguing and fooling around on TV,” says Adam Young, a father of two

By JOSHUA KHAN

Drillbit Taylor displays the positive

is

While some people love reality TV, others are arguing that it is not healthy to obsess over watching people on TV.

...

the key to the

restriction

says.

-

of grain. You will face difficult obstacles this week. Limitation

and

and together and

need

In

ruled

is

opportunities after the show,” she

series.

by Saturn, roman god of sowing and reaping Capricorn

show and he

they don’t have enough

I

watch

seems

TV

a reality

game show

want to be part of the drama, want people to notice me, some of these people get exposure and “I

who

reality

to

5th

and many other weekly

January 19

Cancer is ruled by the moon and is constantly rotating through a cycle. The magnetic influence

Runway, The

Project

Flynn says she has applied

Big Give, MuchMusic VJ search

It

turn on the

without seeing a

“true life” in other people because

where one team member is voted off by their opponents. Following Survivor came Big

Girlicious,

characters straight,” she

Young says he cannot

TV

ago.

really kicked off in

the

Capricorn

Cancer June 22

rules

are

cannot

Are you Smarter than a Canadian Grader, and even went to Toronto to audition for the MuchMusic VJ search two years

American Idol, Temptation Island, The Bachelor, Gemini

I

weird,” he

says.

TV show

reality

very dramat-

it’s

Canada’s Next Top Model twice,

at its finest

is

Brother,

ancient

my

I

in a

and sneaky way,

TV

remote locations fighting for the chance at $1 million. The show included weekly challenges followed by the famous “tribal coun-

Paradise

watching a

ic

contestants.

popular show which put strangers in

with

shows, “It has gotten to the point where

believe how much things have changed since he was younger. “We had a few classic game shows like Wheel of Fortune or Price is Right, but nowhere near what we have on TV today,” he says. Flynn says people love watching

shows on every week.

Reality

TV

says.

cil"

Gemini May

TV

outdo each other

There are no longer

with more than two dozen reality dess of beauty and the

those people try and

interaction,

addicted to watching reality

keep

2008, reality

In

life is like that.

gives them a false sense of

“It

University of Waterloo, says

is

am

the episode.

thinking

she

every night of the week.

actors and actresses on TV, there

21

shows.

at the

end of

at the

TV

“real-life”

where there is not a vote off; he want them to grow up

doesn’t

Jenn Flynn, a 22-year-old student

is

Scorpio -

on these

to

October 23

November

occur between the characters

that

so he

can finance a trip to Canada. But when Taylor’s lessons on self-defence don’t solve the boys’

problem, the proclaimed star bodyguard decides to infiltrate the school so he can watch over them.

The plan works

as Taylor disguises

(Internet photo)

screen as a

Wilson makes a return to the silver proclaimed bodyguard who is actually a scam artist

Actor

Owen

Drillbit Taylor.

in

self-

the film

.


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