Exploring their choices
High school students
Don’t worry Young Toronto-based band dances sole-less.
Ontario can expect cool By KAYLA
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
— No. 14
of the United States. to blame is global warmwhich is causing more extreme weather patterns. According to the Environment Canada website (www. ec.gc.ca),
Tired of the winter-like weather? the
Most farmers aren't. more snow the better.
white fluffy stuff on the ground means more water in the ground.
greater climate changes are expected
drought conditions we've had the past few summers, the more water
and increases in certain types of hazardous weather such as heavy spring rain and heat waves. As
"A prolonged, colder winter than
world due to globaj warming. Climate change is different from global warming. The climate of a in the
University of Guelph. “Soil moisture has largely
be one of the most affected countries
a cold, northern country,
the future, including a continual
been recharged." hap-
El Nino, a weather effect that
generally defined as the
snowfall. According to the Farmer's
weather for that given area over an extended period of decades. three usually time,
Climate change refers
pens ever three to seven years,
for the increase in
involves the eastward migration of
water normally found
weather, like temperThe term ature, wind or rain. “global warming" refers to a sus-
tained increase of surface temperis just one aspect of cli-
western Pacific Ocean. The easterly
trade winds in the Pacific weaken and allow warm water to drift from Australia to the western coast of
mate change. Global warming often mistaken to
evenly when, in be places warmer
South America, often triggering heavy rains. The vast amount of
water is thought to set off a chain reaction that can affect jet
than normal and places cooler than normal. Because of this, weather patterns will change and we may
fact, there will
stream and weather patterns around the world, especially in the winter months in the northern hemisphere. In the past, El Nino has often
ed to sprout. since high temperature often rep-
even see fiercer storms.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, residents in southern
brought heavy rains to a portion of the south, from Atlanta to Cape Hatteras; it can bring mild winter umu noimciu third the northern es to tne temperatures
(Photo by Kay/a Grant,) • weather, the flowers have just startSpring might have sprung on March 20, but with the winter-like
a stress and probability ot drought stress,
Ontario can expect a cooler and
normal summer. "If it happens to be slightly coolfavour most crops. er, this may
not too cool,
“A cool summer, as long as it’s is good for some growers," said Mary Ruth McDonald,
of G. season
be above normal, with below-normal rain ranging from Sudbury
tomatoes and cucumbers,
westward and above-normal pre-
cipitation for those of us living in Kitchener- Waterloo. The hottest
periods will be in late May. mid-tolate June and mid-July.
associate professor with the
weather, but too
days can be a problem
them, too." April and
Paper airplane contest helps charity Foundation Recreation and leisure services program raises
Make A Wish
paper airplane for $2, or make and
can you throw a paper
toss three for $5.
The student life atrium was a noisy place as students threw their homemade planes over the railing
Conestoga College students were
toward a target located below. The music was on high, generating lots of energy as the group ot
able to find out at a airplane throwing contest, simply titled PlaneRec,
The event was held
recreation and leisure services student. said the class donated
Even Greg Obiba, a representafrom the Make A Wish
program to raise money tor Make A Wish Foundation Canada.
pus by the recreation and leisure
The student whose plane reached was closest to the predetermined target received a digital camera provided by Future Shop. The stu-
themselves, which then soared to $020 thanks to Greg Burns, a proprogram, who the in fessor matched the amount raised by the
received an iPod. Other prizes included a sweater,
raised $ .5 7 for the 1
$500 last year in same 90-minute period ot raised
Burns said. "I am very proud of the job that the students did. as this is part of the revenue
generation course that 1
make and throw
contest, which took place Conestoga students participated in the PlaneRec target. contest was to toss paper airplanes toward a
um. The object
technology foundations student, said he was walking by and decided to participate because it was lor
Amy BSCN friend
Taylor, a third-year nursing
student, said she joined a
hope and happiness for children illnesses life-threatening with across Canada. It is part of the laraest not-for-profit wish granting
planning to partici-
pate and decided to get involved.
awesome" he said.
(Photo by Franca Mato)
Obiba said he was overwhelmed by the support and turnout at the event.
water bottle and
cates from local businesses.
dent with the second closest plane
organization in the world, serving 30 countries with international affiliates
information more www.makeawish.ca
By JENN SPRACH
nosed with rheumatoid
What’s been your best experience at the college so far?
The judging panel
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one-time scholarships of up to $5,000 Cdn to people diagnosed with Crohn’s disease for the
2008/2009 school year. They will also award seven one-
based on two personal letters of recommendation and a one-page essay describing how they have
Pharma Canada The winners
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in a press release.
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disease and fulfilling their educational
annual UCBeyond scholarship program. The company will award seven
time scholarships for people diag-
dedicated to creating
a global leader in the bio-
pharmaceutical launched its
almost the end of the school year.
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questions answered by random students
to apply for
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the scholarship can
www.ccfc.ca, www.arthritis.ca or
kinds of free
Katerina Tenahage, first-year
“The food services
(Photo by Marcia Love)
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Manager says additional space needed for displays and inventory MOUNTFORD
number of students
As enrolment numbers continue the
shop for storage.
equate to 7,865 square
we have maximized
Grid walls have been added above the windows where products can be displayed and taken down upon request by staff. Also, cartons at the end of aisles are used to pile
every square inch of floor space,”
per full-time student, which would still
cabinetry or shelving to
square footage of
Andraza said the NACS figures would be in a perfect world, but most colleges have an average
although six years ago they gained
2006, in September affairs, Conestoga had an enrolment of 6,177 students, which increased to 6,636 in September 2007. Based on projection, Conestoga is anticipating an enrolment of 7, 50 Students for September 2008.
the bookstore expand.
There are limitations, she said. “Academics come first, so we have to look at creative ways to uti-
3,242 square feet, which hasin over 10 years,
some unused space from
Dinning, vice-president of student
Currently there are
of 17,875 square
Conestoga College, bookstore is struggling to keep
to increase at
such as open access labs
Conestoga and there 18 new programs for will be 2008/2009. (These figures are based on the full-time post-secondary category and do not include trades and apprenticeship or con-
Conestoga’s current bookstore.
tinuing education programs.)
that as the college
Mary Andraza, manager of retail operations at the Doon campus
more space, she
bookstore, wrote a proposal
neous, she said, which helps get
Tibbits and Dinning as to what she
expand right to Door 1. She said she would like to have a lot of win-
believes the bookstore requires.
The mends space
5,000 to 10,000. Based on the pro-
which school she'll attend that dream come true. Hoffer,
Conestoga with her parents April 5 in the hopes of gathering more
The event is designed that - offer prospective taste
campus move on.
"I'm really looking
prospecti\ e student
some jump to
make a deciBev and Ray have
sion. If parents
been ready for business.” For Hoffer. she has one more col-
services they offer,
making sure it's me." she said. She s also
any influence, Conestoga.
other past students in the nursing program here who had a
Conestoga was a successful event.
good experience,” said Ray. “And 1 was in awe of the technology they have in the labs, said Bev.
have created a buzz here,” he said, adding entrance for applications
plans to convert their daugh-
Mike Dinning, student
Books.” Andraza said students can sell their books on their own and can attempt to get more money, but there's
end but Conestoga’s Doon
program chairs asking for books that will be reused next
“The bookstore only buys back a limited number of each book because we don't want to end up with leftover used books.
(members) would just identity what books are going to be reused by the time we do our buy "If faculty
backs then we would certainly raise our quota ot used books, she
are going to be reused in the
Andraza said. Matt Berry, a
"Once we've met our quota ot a book. Nebraska Books
(Photo by Hien Dinh)
ering selling his textbooks back
she leaves the nest?
“Yeah - clean!" laughed Ray.
Buy backs occur from April 23 to April
to the bookstore. will
Andraza said this is why some students get upset when they are books.
"Let’s say the bookstore wants
buy back 50 marketing books.” she said. “You come in and you're number 50 so you might get S50 back for your book but your
give students a 50 per cent credit of the original price of
friend behind will only get S30. This is because the bookstore has
gives students a bigger credit for used books than Nebraska
back by selling my books independently. 1 have a couple ot
based on their supply and
could get more money
books, while Nebraska Books may only give between 10 to 30 per cent,
25 outside of the bookstore where students can get fast cash for their used books.
books for their house in the United
posted advertising posters but he said. "1
did not get a response.
Kyle Mctavish, a first-year civil engineering student, is consid-
steps in and begins to
buy back own huge ware-
student, understands the frustration of not being able to sell his used
"There's also a buyer's beware warning for students who buy books back from other students (now) because they have no way of knowing whether or not the books
no guarantee they
being out on
from living her own.
their textbooks are in stock.
met its quota for that specific book so now your friend is selling her used book back to Nebraska
lege tour before she'll
them back to the bookstore. The school term may be coming
sends out a
but not too big,” she to
see the posters plastered
want something bigger than
but she's ready to
“Nebraska Books comes to Conestoga tor three days during the buy back period,” she said. Andraza said the bookstore
dents wanting to purchase books
together with an independent vendor from the United States to buy
ferent post-secondary institutions.
such as distant education courses.
Mary Andraza. manager of
right for me.”
be graduating from an Owen Sound high school this June. She's applied
She could and get a
chasing material early. Students can also check online by going to Conestoga’s website to see
operations, said Conestoga works
student services they
factor affecting her decision. She'll
does take up time,” she said. Each campus has its own bookstore and Andraza’s advice to stu-
ing up for the next one.
“I’m really looking at the
don’t mind helping, but
and space. Online ordering of books is already available for certain continuing education programs
help save time
Hoffer was impressed with the nursing labs, but that s not the only
can books two weeks
their textbooks early. Students
so they are not penalized for pur-
program areas sentations and lab tours.
- and been accepted
of books as
of the college, they can purchase
thronged E-wing and were directed
over Conestoga. Get your used books ready because it's time to
wanted to volunteer because he's so happy about the education he's been able to get after chronic back pain forced him to change careers.
business foundations program.
By HIEN DINH
One of those volunteers was Rae. Gaouette, a mature student in the
buy early and check online.
The majority of books are in by the end of the first week in August,
your used books back to the bookstore
information before making a deci-
nursing and business have a
was very pleased with the turnout. “This is way beyond what we expected," he said. He was also happy that more than 200 student volunteers and faculty came to help
said a lot of first-year
students in large programs such as
helping to pick out 10 to 12 differ-
4.000 first-year spots.” President John Tibbits wasn t sure how many people attended, but
to see, she said she’s a
the bookstore’s small storage space.
ing online ordering of textbooks,
Courtney Hoffer knows for sure she wants to be a nurse. What she’s not sure about is
so, if students are in the
“We have about 18.000 to 19,000 applications for
operations at the
more people through quicker. Andraza is now looking at offer-
- and decide
and offering box
and knows the college can't premium academic space
enrolled student for enrolments of
and often buy the whole package, so having boxed sets of books would alleviate staff
said they limit the
fronting the exterior walls of
Although would like
(Photo by Leanne Mountford)
Mary Andraza, manager
approximately 50 or 60 at one time. They now have three registers and
bookstore per full-time
not ideal for
ber of customers on the floor to
and Dinning recognize grows, we need
the building to display
2.5 to 3 square feet of retail
Andraza’s ideal expansion plan allow the bookstore to
chairs, she said.
not close to the
accessibility for people in wheel-
Andraza said she has requested an additional 1,800 to 2,000 square
successfully sold their 1 might as well
Berry said he's going to try and sell his two marketing books back to the bookstore at the end of this term.
Andraza said the buy backs will go from April 23-25 outside of the bookstore. Although the bookstore isn't
extremely picky about the
condition ot used books. Andraza said the bookstore will not accept
water damaged books, workbooks with pen written answers or books that are visibly
or damaged. doesn't affect the
going to use the
book then we'll buy
Minimum wage increase
unsure wager The
bottom of the pay scale. As the cost of consumer goods and services continues to increase, particularly gasoline and housing, it only becomes harder for people in low-income jobs to get by. Many in the
only too well.
However, as good as the 75-cent increase may be for those with a low income, it may cause a ripple effect throughout Ontario’s economy. While minimum wage earners may see many benefits of $8.75-per-hour earnings, this increase has an adverse on middle-class workers. Those earning salaries of $36,000 to $58,000 are providing
funding through taxes, with no increased earnOntario already has the highest tax and energy rates in of Canada. Minimum wage hikes add to the issue of over-
a great deal of ings. all
Using a cellphone while driving should be banned in Canada
With the increase in minimum wage, it can be expected the consumer goods will rise as well. Small business owners are also seeing the negative effects of the increase, as it creates problems with employee costs. As employees earn more, it becomes increasingly difficult for small business employers to keep up. Small business costs will rise, which means employers must cut back on the numcost of
Economists warn the 75-cent increase may lead
may disappear so employers can afford to pay the new wage. Benefits may also be reduced. Economists have also noted this may not be a good time to raise minimum wage, as the economy is not thriving as well as it could be. Dramatically raising minimum wage adds to
Many minimum wage
problems of an already unstable economy.
at in the
$1.80 an hour, which would be the equivalent of $8.86
Ontario, but in
This stress also affects other
This accident taught
are trying to
could be interacting with
few years ago,
ran a red
that was The cab then spun out of and hit the car I was in. I
and T-boned a cab
not completely opposed to
having a wireless Bluetooth that
up the phone on
talking on her
answers the phone and hangs
woman, who hit the cab, had come over to the crowd of
own, but using
to talk, text or e-mail
to operate the car is
do not support.
Driving and talking on a
you can be charged with dan-
Transportation's website says
carries a fine of
using a cellphone, either hand-
held or hands-free, increases a
person’s chances of being
licence suspension of up to two
said she didn't
notice the light
was red because
accident by four.
up to $1,000,
of six months
hurt although the cab driver did
much or more as driving drunk. I know we live in a world where
while driving. For their
have a nasty
of six demerit points, the pos-
Drivers should acknowledge the
and the safety of others.
letters to the
should be signed and include the name and telephone number of the writer. Writers will be
contacted for verification.
phone, to say she was sorry to the
slows reaction time almost as
accident while on a phone. This
Thankfully no one was seriously
not illegal in Ontario yet,
Finding a balance that benefits both groups should be a govpriority.
an accident and leaving our loved
using a cellphone while driving
state as well.
take the chance of having
The Ministry of
she was answering her phone.
sure these talkers don’t hit them or
dent was caused by a cellphone
other people and things around
However, the key to assisting low-income families may not in simply raising minimum wage. The government has the means to use many resources, programs and services to assist those in positions of low income. These plans and opportunities should be put to use before even considering drastically raising the minimum wage.
ing a conversation ticularly during
lesson about driving, never talk on
would not have known
class families are
those in the agriculture and service divisions.
understandable for lower-income families to be concerned about their financial circumstances, but many middle-
these things aren't stuck to our
heads or hands. Driving and hav-
or answer a cellphone while driv-
vehicle and a person.
cellphone and driving can do to a
and a bloody nose from the
have seen what talking on a
The Ontario government plans to raise minimum wage to $9.50 next year, and eventually bring it to $10.25 by 2011. 200,000 Ontarians, particularly
be next. Personally, I think it should be banned, not just in
accident where a
our head, but
April 1. 2008 Nova Scotia and Quebec followed suit. Now Ontarians wonder if we'll
phone or Blackberry attached
minimum wage to about the same 1973, minimum wage was
latest hike brings it
which they did
seems we can’t
ban the use of cellphones while driving,
ber of employees. es.
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Furry classmates make the difference By KAYLA GRANT Karma Shtiya and Takoda Kasa are in the same grade but they’re Both students. have gold hair and soft brown eyes, but they also have wagging tails not your typical
and four legs, well, three if you’re Takoda. The two golden retrievers belong to Sarah Ptatschek, a Grade 7/8 teacher
huge range of issues beyond
“You need lems
to solve the other
learning disabilities. The break through to the kids faster than
to school with her in La Loche, Sask. a three-hour drive from Fort McMurray.
north the (stray) dogs,
puppies mostly, would sneak into the school and the kids
them down the halls,” she said. “I did a few demonstrations with
(Photo by Kayla Grant)
Sandra Daye, a child youth worker, holds Takoda Kasa. The month-old puppy works alongside kids with disabilities.
to various classes
everyone wanted to train their dog.” When Ptatschek returned to Ontario she got Karma Shtiya, which is Tanaina Athabascan for karma my strength, although dayto-day the 10-month-old golden is referred to as Shtiya.
After a few
“Since everyone wants a chance to
Ptatschek. “Using a is
noticed a big difference sonal skills with
often an easier thing
a big difference in the
“There seems calmness created
The snow has warmer and the beginning to grow in my getting
morning hoping that
most bus stops, all major corners and every 20 feet downtown. Yes, you may have to walk an extra step or two to reach the
to see the
comes with new growth.
garbage can. but think of the extra calories you’ll be burning, not to
a few weeks ago there now there are
mention the planet you're saving. Getting rid of garbage while driving isn't as hard as you might
piles of snow,
cigarette butts, plastic bags
admit that I'm as much of a
slob as the next person. is a disaster and good luck finding
to find the
garbage can. " What happened? Did they stop teaching this necessary skill to don schoolchildren? Somehow t
The garbage seems
prevalent on the sides of highways and in the downtown area, places
where adults, not children, play. Although I'd like to believe there is
garbage to be there,
people are just lazy.
really care so
the world around us that it has 1 become our personal trash bin' reano that know all we truth, In sonable person should miss the
garbage can. In
most areas of Kitchener-
Waterloo there are garbage cans on every block. They are certainly
think. Instead of tossing trash out your window, keep a plastic groin your car. Step one: put your trash in the bag. Step two: next time you fill up on gas throw
bag in the trash bin next to the pumps. If you think that there are a multitude of city employees being paid to clean up after you. you are the
are not servants on the city's payroll to clean up the mess previ-
ously hidden by the melting snow. Even if you're too lazy to walk the extra
feet to the
The dogs do
after a holiday
exhausting and sometimes both dogs get a day off. “(The students) are always asking
or long break.
immediately." Ptatschek also said the students are able to
share things with them that they
not feel comfortable telling an
alternated so the.y can get
one or the other will be coming me tomorrow,” said Ptatschek. “Even when the pups are not there they want updates on how their if
evenings were. nitely call
having a harder time. With the dog’s eye view I know which students will need more assistance on any given day." Time with the dogs is based on
well the student
“I think it’s
inated but in
and opened up to new experiences. of a College So, as you graduate, take away the gifts in
When you look outside would you rather see bright green grass or someone
Put your trash
Counselling Services, 1A103.
team approach,” she
to your first been mentors to you. If you remember back same semester here, you may have had many of these
students also make teaching very easy." Ptatschek plans to get the dogs certified as therapy animals but has to wait until they are two years of
riendships There may be sadness as you leave behind f teachers who have and support systems. You might miss
You have You should feel proud of your accomplishments. you began. reached a goal that seemed so far away when doubts: the Sometimes, you may experience anxiety or change and you aren t life you have known is about to will look like. exactly sure what the next part of your life
feelings, but with time you developed
was nominated this Award for
“(The dogs) are also an indicator me on which students I need to keep an eye on. The pups tend to
can. and you could care less about environmental pollution and a
cleaner planet, the sight of garbage everywhere should be enough to
part of the class."
year for The Premier's
stay close to the students
as being with the students can get
projects, late nights, and too-short days.
to class every
Ptatschek said the dogs are
“The dogs have an incredible calming effect on the class,” she said. “I purposely bring them right
or to travel. You may be planning to move to a new city from studying, This transition will be a welcome relief
represents the For many of you, the end of this semester College. You end of your current studies at Conestoga studies. may be ready to begin a new career or ongoing
be an overall
COUNSELLOR'S CORNER: Graduation
also a noticeable increase
Spring has sprung.
The grass is riz. Where last year's Pop can is.
Ptatschek said she finds the stu-
to class Ptatschek has noticed
dents demonstrate less frustration
nect to their feelings."
and care of the dog,"
dents as they discuss the training
for students to understand and con-
pup everyone works staying on task. I’ve
dents with visible disabilities,” said
have problems settling back into the routine. With the canine presence they’re back on track almost
“Takoda has gone on tour, visitwhere there are stu-
Shadow, a border-
more dialogue between
really lake to her.
they weren't there the kids would
collie labrador retriever-cross,
so children with disabilities
Four-month-old Takoda is Sioux for “friend to everyone” and Kasa is Hopi meaning “dressed in furs.” Takoda Kasa was born with three
education teacher started taking dogs into the classroom because she saw a need they could fill better than she could. “I was dealing with students with a
months she got Takoda
Redneck bonanza The drunken ex-cop and
cheeseburger-gobbling lover from the Trailer Park
comedy College 10
Boys performed a Conestoga at
Sanctuary on April
Mr. Lahey, the
came in stumbling as he made his way up to the stage. He opened the show with a visor,
The music was country-based so shirtless Randy wore a black cowboy hat and a brown vest and
into that thing (his stomach),
Randy responded about six. This seemed to surprise the
played a tiny
knock, knock joke, which ends up
Following the musical performance the audience was given its
with Mr. Lahey asking for a
With the snap of his fingers he has a rye and Coke in hand. He pulls his radio off his belt and calls for his assistant Randy.
"Randy, Randy." Shortly after a voice drifts down from the upper balcony and a head sticks over the edge. The audience goes wild. Once Randy gets to the stage he shows off his unusual talents of making his man boobs dance and dancing skills. All the while Mr. Lahey is standing on his head. The crowd laughs and cheers. The two share their idea of starthis belly
ing a website selling
item they showed was the
never-ending funnel which they filled with Crown Royal and ran
around giving shots to some of the crowd. They also had a water bottle attached to a shower head for easy cleanup for the private parts and a women's thong with a funnel attached to it so sitting down is no longer an issue. After introducing their
they introduced Randy’s
opportunity to win prizes.
persona Smoky, a musician who sings songs solely based on cheeseburgers.
of the challenges was
where members of the audience had to answer five questions and collect five pictures.
of the questions included, did Bubbles say to the
cow?” and “Who’s the dumbest cop on the force.” Enthusiastic students screamed answers and profanities when they weren’t the
It came down showdown. The
answer three questions correctly received an autographed photo of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles.
"Really, that's it?"
Another question was do you want to smoke one (a joint) after the show? Mr. Lahey fielded that one saying that he and the boys in blue would after the show, getting laughs from the audience. "Sixteen per cent of Canadians smoke dope which is the highest percentage
Lahey. "Did you
world,” said Mr.
Park Boys, you figure
150 people to erupt
session during the break, students
had the chance ters
ask the charac-
anything they wanted.
The show continued with a few more skits including imitations of Star Wars characters, and a few more songs including the national anthem which the whole auditoriand sang.
Park Santa. ly
The enthusiastic crowd got exactcrude what they came for
comedy. Following the show Mr. Lahey and Randy signed autographs for everyone who attended and even agreed to sign items for those
signed T-shirts, posters and
Students were getting anything they had with them autographed including themselves.
Photos and stories by
to the show.
while some were a
One student asked Randy how many cheeseburgers he could drive
They also performed a skit of Buttman and Buttboy, a parody of Batman and Robin, and the Trailer
During the question and answer
Crown Royal from one
competition was the lack of a gut competition with the winner’s waist being 25.5 inches.
belly shot of
Three contestants went on stage and had their guts measured. It came down to two students who both had 42-inch stomachs. Mr. Lahey asked them to lay down on the stage and he then poured Crown Royal into their belly buttons and took a shot. last
Lahey does a
16 per cent
well as a biggest gut competition.
watch the Trailer
Actors talk about
and the show
their lives John Dunsworth, also known as is still amazed by the popularity of the Trailer Park Boys, but says the rise to fame hasn't really changed him. Mr. Lahey,
self-effacing and con-
sider myself a student of the theatre,"
on the show, said it’s' definitely popular in Canada and is now being shown in Australia and England.
makes you proud
on the be Canadian,” he to be
said they definitely rec-
the other day and
right in the head."
At first he was uncomfortable about running around with his shirt off but now he doesn’t care. Roach said he can relate to his character because he knows what
means to be a hungry man but that’s where the similarities end. "I’m not gay, I wear a shirt and it
don’t eat as
“When someone comes up to you and says, ‘Hey, how ya doing’ said.
really a shitty day,
then you’re acting.” Basically, he said, they are just a
bunch of guys messing around with a camera.
we did it “We didn’t
just for fun,” he said.
ognize the Randy character. "I got a cheeseburger thrown
Roach never thought of being an actor and the show is his first job
and you say
would be a hit.” Those working on the show are it
40 years but said he’s never really dug into the Mr. Lahey character and the two have little in common. don't drink much,” he said.
“I’ve never drunk as
can’t be drunk or you’ll
Sometimes people don’t
Dunsworth's daughter plays the character Sarah on the show as well as works behind the scenes.
he likes work-
"Sarah is an assistant director and producer. She’s been doing that for a number of years now and she’s really good at it,” he
finishing the editing on a
picked up by a network.
and Roach also another pilot together called Judge Stone. appeared
Dunsworth, 62, said his life is as it was in his younger days.
Dunsworth has been acting
people playing char-
"Some people think we drink and smoke on TV.”
ing with his daughter he said, “I love it.”
forget the lines,” he said. that they are
have on tour.” Tonight (the Conestoga College show) was one of the weirdest shows he’s ever done, he said. One guy asked them if they were drunk after getting an autograph and when they responded no he ripped up the picture.
quite a close-knit group.
Patrick Roach (Randy) plays his cheeseburger-filled gut as an instrument during a rap performance with John Dunsworth (Mr. Lahey).
Dunsworth, 62, does a head-
stand during his
off his ‘Mr.
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Sole-less musicians no soul singers Beach
knew who were our
their parent's annual
new band. Their neighbour
she would sing in
Woodhead, Maddy Wilde and Daniel Woodhead make up the talented fourThe young musicians, who display unique visuals on stage, are sure to get you
piece from Toronto.
young, unique four-piece named Spiral It
Shortly after the breakup Daniel
out of your seat and dancing.
and Airick asked
didn't take long for
Wilde to gel with the brothers. “We've always written songs in the same way, and 1 guess there’s natural chemistry between me and Airick, being brothers and all,” think after playing together, we just know each other so well and we can kind of trust one anoth-
Even though Wolf had only ever played guitar, he was more than happy to learn time, in high school.
play the bass, and so a
Daniel said. “I
and plays keys, had a previous band with her 1
Suzy, singing folk
music and, as the
to live in
City, brings an early
style to his
producer Mike Olsen cello with the
Hidden Cameras and
The recording of
say, is the clos-
est to sanity.
was done Hamilton and
a shed outside of
Daniel said the unusual recording
shows and kind of makes
visuals should suit
“The visuals should
the music, not the other way around.” Daniel Woodhead, Spiral Beach
2003 and rocked local venues in and around the Toronto area before releasing their self-titled debut
are in the writing process
date and will hopefully be recorded in the summer. “1 think the songs are kind of more extreme, like the loud ones are louder and the quieter ones are
missing on their
With each member bringing his or own taste of music to the table, they began writing in February
through listeners' minds, creating an innovative sound that is unfor-
album. front of fans and friends to the get the concert-like atmosphere that they were
The vibes of
They even recorded
As far as not wearing any shoes on stage, Daniel said since they practised in a basement where they wouldn't wear any. it seems unnatural to play with them on. With their get-in-your-head music and their strange but remarkable stage presence. Spiral Beach lifts you into a new world of music.
was set up because the band wanted to get a live feel for the site
onstage. It helps that we’ve always hung out outside of the band too.”
and childhood friend said yes. Now all they needed was a bass player and little did they know that it would be a lot easier then they first
set and Airick picked up a guitar and they formed a band with their cousin Jesse and their good friend Liam. But the band didn't last
“But we work on the music by
so Daniel sat behind a
think having a strong visual
started playing with people
the bizarre visuals that
us stick out," Daniel said.
music at first. “Our dad is a bass player, and we would always be dragged to folk festivals and stuff when we were
gets people interested and excit-
with the vibrant music they
side to the
musicians weren't really interested
them and, band members, who shows in bare feet,
As young brothers growing up in Toronto, Daniel and Airick Woodhead began writing songs when Airick was and Daniel was 13. But these two young talented
bunch of friends
along with the
and they did not disap-
dance crowd By
band sound instead of working for weeks overdubbing like we had on our first
to get the live
record,” said Daniel.
band made a last-minute appearance on MTV Earlier in
the songs written are their best to
quieter,” he said.
get to sing a couple of
For tour dates and more informacheck out their website at www.spiralbeach.com.
album on Oct. 31. 2005. The independent album included catchy songs like New Clouds, Hot Clouds and Voodoo that were sure to get anyone at their shows up on their feet and dancing, both young and older crowds. When asked
music their if reminded the older crowds of music written back in the '60s and '70s Daniel said they get comparisons to older music all the time. “1 guess people are just reminded of their youth by how young we appear to be." he said with a laugh. Spiral Beach has become popular (Internet photo)
not just in Canada, but in the United (Internet photo)
The Torontonians made an appearance on
Not bad a band who only has one mem-
at the Marysville
legally drink in the U.S.
Beach has played with a of bands over the past four
years including fellow Torontonians,
The Hidden Cameras and
Canadian band Sloan. This is quite the accomplishment for a band at such a young age and
Daniel says they haven't had problems because of it. "It's
kind of ironic but Toronto is we’ve ever had trou-
the only place
ble drinking at our
“We've heard a lot of stories about young bands being kicked
out of the club after their
never happened to us." Despite louring for most of 2007.
Wilde and Wolf rock Nathan Phillips Square at the Winter City Festival in Toronto on Feb. 3, 2007.
Beach was able to release their second album titled Ball, this time with the help of friend and
Spiral Beach's vibrant tea.
and catchy music
might be your cup of
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Conestoga By JOHN LINLEY Conestoga College has honoured its
of the year, most
valuable players and recipients of
awards were named at an awards banquet on April 8. Dave Scharratt was named the male athlete of the year for his perthe coach’s
formance on the cross-country team.
champion and also won London and Fanshawe meets. He still has two years on the team and has his sights set on a bigger future. “I'm going to win nationals next year," he said. “I should have it
Finishing second overall
cross-country at the
helping her team
finish third overall in the league.
She was also named co-MVP of the
team along with her
recipient of the coach’s award.
rookies that came together through the season. Nick Preikschas was given the coach’s award.
The badminton team’s
Larry Stuart shared the award. Walter Gerow was given the
The women’s indoor soccer team finished fourth at the provincials,
als this year.
The female athlete of the year was Melissa Voisin, a utility player on the women’s fastball team.
Carnochan and winner of the coach's award Ashley Flewwelfing.
who won second
the coach’s award.
The winners for the golf team were Aaron Logan, MVP, and Scott Zettel, coach’s award.
of women’s outdoor
soccer was Jasmine Campos, and the coach’s award was given to
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ished sixth this season.
men’s indoor soccer team finish fourth in Ontario and was named the most valuable player. The coach’s award was given to Mohammed Yousufi and Mugove Manikaa. Michael Werchola was the MVP of a men’s outdoor soccer team full
The men's rugby team also had two MVPs, as Jake Vandyke and
coach’s award after the team
hands out the hardware
“It’s amazing, I can't describe it,” she said about winning the award. Voisin had a great season at the
Vasko Komlenovic helped
for the cross-
Marlene Ford, athletic co-ordinaConestoga College, said all the awards were well deserved and looks forward to seeing what the
returning athletes will
"The future Conestoga
do next year. promising for
athletics,” she said.”
(Photos by John Lintey)
Dave Scharratt and Melissa
Conestoga male and female athletes of the year. Scharratt was the provincial champion in cross-country running and Voisin was second in OCAA hitting for women’s fastball. Voisin are the
Ashley Flewwelling, winner of the coach’s award for women’s indoor soccer.
Jasmine Campos, MVP, and Ashley Thompson, winner coach’s award for the women’s outdoor soccer team.
Michael Werchola, MVP, and Nick Preikschas, winner of the coach’s award,
men’s outdoor soccer team.
(^ounseilmg services presents the
VV e d nes d a y April Justin Imbeau, player,
and Jake Vandyke, co-MVPs
of the coach’s
Melissa Voisin and Pamela Paterson, co-MVPs, and Lindsay
Bosomworth, coach's award
Walter Gerow, winner of the coach’s award
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Tea lor two, or three or
Herbal teas have many great benefits including warming you, soothing you and decreasing your chances of getting cancer. The antioxidants kill cancer cells in the body as well as help to detox your liver and improve your overall health. And, it tastes good too. Bv JENNIFER
though, because of the caffeine. I decided to try replacing half my
o many people there is nothing better than a hot cup of tea. But did you
better than others?
of them and has some startling benefits to its consumption. People have been drinking tea
around the world for centuries, but so popular as a it has never been dietary aid until now. If you enter “green
search engine, as
tea diet" I
United States as a great way to drop pounds healthily and quickly. I’m not much of a "fad diet" person, but when I began to read about the benefits green tea has on your health,
a daily basis, such as Elise Cappucitti,
been found that green tea is kills cancer it: helps
prevent cardiovascular dis-
reduces high blood pressure, aids
food poisoning and prevents tooth decay, accordin dieting, prevents
ing to various websites,
www.japanesegreenteaonline.com. It’s suggested that you should not drink
the caffeine. a frequent arthritis and stress
would be a good
experiment to do.
began on Jan. 21, 2008, record-
ing a log of
every night after
reaction to the tea
tinued until ^eb. 21 three days the tea had no on me, but I knew it would take a little while to kick in. Qn the fourth day 1 began to feel
relaxed, but by the first week began having trouble sleeping. From that day on, until the very last
didn't sleep very well.
end of February, I realized that throughout that whole month 1 hadn't had any pain from my arthritis - and that’s saying some1
more than four cups a
between bagged-tea and loose-leaf tea
(Photo by Jennifer Marko) processing done to the
usually feel pain frequently.
Green tea can be found in health and nutrition stores as well as a store that has been popping up all
beneficial because cells,
could find was I could suffer from insomnia because of
would be no harmful
“Many cultures use tea on China, Japan and
of green tea for one month, but not without first doing
on Oprah, you will get 471,000 hits. Green tea is being promoted across Canada and the about
usual eight cups of water daily with
across Ontario: Teaopia.
such as China, Japan and she says. “But you no
iced to go. There is information in stores about tea types, your health
and more.” There are also free in-store cata-
longer have to go to Chinatown to
Cappucitti says Teaopia
two kinds: loose
says the best kind to get
loose leaf because
ferent types of tea, they only
hasn’t been as
processed as bagged. She also says people need to watch their
Also, not only can you buy green
fined to Ontario right now, with 10
2005 and has their head office in Concord, Ont. There happens to be
and black teas at Teaopia, but each kind of tea can also be bought
stores across the province, but they
intake because of the caffeine.
Cambridge Cambridge Centre, which is
infused with several different
“There’s only a fraction of what you would get from coffee, but
quickly expanding and consumers will begin to see them popping up across the rest of Canada in the next few years. However, even though tea is becoming more and more popular and more people are consuming it, anyone attempting to drink more than four cups should consult a doctor or naturopath.
pany, which emerged
a store located in
the director of
over 100 varieties tea,”
“Shoppers can get
depending on what you
You can almost
355 Hespeler Rd.
market for tea in Canada and that it's the second most consumed beverage after water.
cultures use tea on a daily
a naturopath at
24 George St. “There are a lot of unique nutrients in green tea like antioxidants, which fight cancer, and anti-
Clinic, located on
inflammatories, liver detox,”
which help with
are sensitive to caffeine
says one to four cups per day
amount and genermost people, unless
you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. She says that compared with
basically the fact
processed differently and
black has more caffeine. There is also the choice between organic
Dao. “That way you don’t get
dants are polyphenols, which help
Green tea is perfect for helping to improve your health, but that's not
slow down aging and prevent heart
the only reason to drink
The three main types
with a hot cup of tea
also relaxing and soothing.
THINGS YOU DIDN’T
I Chai I
KNOW ABOUT TEA
of tea are: black,
the Mandarin Chinese word
earliest record of cultivated tea
oolong and green tea
the 4th century
was invented in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair The tea bag was also invented in 1 904 Brewing 200 cups of tea from loose leaves can be done at a
I Iced tea I
cost of 10 cents a cup I
has less than
half the caffeine of
a cup of
coffee I I
The most hummed tea song is Tea For Two Green and black tea come from the same plant
I High Tea actually refers to afternoon tea served on the dining (Photo by Jennifer Marko)
Tea has been around
for centuries, especially in Asia, but
there are stores selling just tea.
prone to headaches
Librans arc very social people
and excellent listeners. The best way for you to study is by listening to what others are telling you. Join a study group for a socialand listening-based learning
exams. Study avoid them.
small intervals to
ing on, take a break,
dim room with a cool cloth across you forehead and breathe slow.
from The Vivian Lee Couturier
Kitchener celebrated the 56th Annual Daffodil Tea and Fashion Extravaganza, a spring staple, on
the Delta Hotel.
Don't be lazy.
you don't study for your exams, you may fail. Be productive and then relax to help you remember what you studied. Indulge in a bath, a glass of wine
Scorpions are energetic, inde-
or imported beer after to
studying a rewarding experience.
You are best studying alone. Your intense style of
studying tends to be too
Your drive guarantees success on your exams. others.
which has been coordinated by Lillian Weiss for 20 years, was a fundraiser for the Waterloo Region Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society. The highlight of the evening was a event,
Town Shoes and designfrom Kaufman Furs.
Dancers from the More'e School of Dance in Waterloo opened the event, dancing to music from Pirates of the Caribbean and. later in the evening, to the song Circle of Life from the Lion King. This year’s theme was Disney and the room was lavishly decorated by local designer Earl Stieler.
show featuring fashions
The master of ceremonies
(Photos by Jackie Allwood)
cause problems with
arms and shoulders. Take breaks and stretch to avoid stiffness which will cause trouble the hands,
and take a
Also, study one subject
November 22 December 2
lines are hurts.
not too late
you where it if you hit the most difficult
books. Focus on the first so it’s easier
Capricorn December 22
Stop worrying about exams.
you appear calm but
determined and you are motivated
the underlying currents are rag-
by success and money. You are always prepared and depend only
Suggest a study group with
Chill out with
on yourself which displays
your marks. Try tutoring someone for a different studying technique.
drinks after to celebrate.
Leo July 23
Leos are both combine the two by creating mind maps and using acronyms when studying. Enhance memorization by using
your studying. active
extravagant; use these skills
You are the sign of the future. You are independent, original and inventive.
Studying by reading
books doesn't help you much; you must study by doing and practising for the best results. lytical skills are best
Pisces August 23 September 22 Virgos
you've already finished studying.
Use this extra time to gel your resume and portfolio ready for job hunting. After bird gets the
One of your
you are a ail your emotional confusion and stop being lazy and study.- If you say you're going to study on Tuesday, do it. Tell your friends you're not going to be home and turn off your procrastinator.
journalism student holding fare in the
palm of her hand.
Society’s Waterloo Region Unit
Fashion Extravaganza on April 1. Below, Kitchener Mayor Carl
Weiss, the event’s co-ordinator. At bottom, the MC was Dave
shown with Adrienne South, one of the evening’s volunis
The Canadian Cancer held their Daffodil Tea and
finishing things and meeting dead-
If you don't get good grades on your exams you may have to repeat classes. Your trait for not
Cancer June 22
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Cancer Society fundraiser features magical moments Collection,
Taurus April 20
Libra September 23 October 22
extravaganza was Dave Schneider
Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr, women with their daughters and many other dignitaries and included
residents from around the region.
The daffodil represents the hope Cancer Society brings to those affected by cancer. The organizathe
month of April in
to help raise
support of the light against the