August 13, 2020

Laugh with High Comedic Value

By CASSIE TULECKI It’s not often that you find a lawyer who is also a cartoonist. Husein Panju, a criminal lawyer in Toronto, started drawing High Comedic Value, a weekly webcomic that focuses on issues that people care about, when he was an undergrad at York University. The single image cartoon is structured more like improv comedy than a comic strip. “I was flipping through the school newspaper, and saw … Continued

Go Blue! Go Bald!

By CASSIE TULECKI Participants in Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario’s ninth annual Go Blue! Go Bald! fundraiser raised approximately $20,000. Supporters raised pledges, dyed their hair blue and also had their heads shaved at the event held March 28 at Edelweiss Tavern in Kitchener. There was also a silent auction that was open to the public. Go Blue! Go Bald! has raised over $1 million all across southwestern Ontario since it began. … Continued

New $500 fee upsets students

By CASSIE TULECKI College students in Ontario will now have two extra months to pay their full tuition, but this comes with a catch. There has been a change in the fee schedule, resulting in all new and returning students having to pay a mandatory, non-refundable $500 tuition deposit by June 15 to hold a spot in the program they plan to attend in September. The new tuition deadlines are … Continued

Local artist paints from the heart

By Cassie Tulecki Todd Manuel’s collection, currently on display at the Homer Watson House and Gallery, is called Objects of My Affections. It has exquisite colour and depth, and focuses on everyday items in an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming. As you look at each piece of art you think about the subjects in the paintings and really appreciate the simplicity of them. Manuel is able to take something … Continued

Students are addicted to social media

BY CASSIE TULECKI   It’s almost unanimous; if you are part of the Net Generation (1980-1989) or iGeneration (1990-1999) and own a smartphone, you are probably addicted to social media. It is everywhere and accessible on just about everything. “I’m probably on my phone way too often, probably half an hour out of every hour,” said Sydney Thain, a second-year biotechnology technician student. Technology is taking over the younger generation’s … Continued

Stick with those resolutions

BY CASSIE TULECKI By now, many people who made a New Year’s resolution have lost interest. That first day of the new year is the time when everyone chooses aspects of their lives that they want to change or improve. One of the more popular resolutions is to get healthy and fit by signing up at the local gym. I go to World Gym in Kitchener and have been going … Continued

New smoking ban stinks

BY CASSIE TULECKI As of Jan. 1 there will be a new smoking ban in Ontario that will prevent smokers from smoking on bar/restaurant patios, playgrounds, sports fields and ice rinks. Failure to comply with this law will result in the smoker receiving a $250 fine. This is being implemented in January, a winter month, so smokers have a chance to get used to the idea of not smoking in … Continued

Students making new friends as English conversation partners

BY CASSIE TULECKI The English Conversation Partner (ECP) program offered on campus is providing fluent English-speaking students with the chance to talk to English as an Additional Language (EAL) students in order to create friendships as well improve EAL students’ English. “This is a beneficial partnership for both individuals, as both the EAL student and the fluent English-speaking student are able to have the opportunity to increase their cultural awareness, … Continued

Giving the gift of life

BY CASSIE TULECKI Faculty, staff and students gave blood for a good cause Nov. 13 in the gymnasium of the recreation centre at Conestoga College. Last year the college was challenged to donate 72 units of blood at the blood donor clinic, and by the end of the day, 80 units were collected. The hope this year was the clinic would exceed that number. The process takes about an hour, … Continued

Body modification becoming the norm

BY CASSIE TULECKI In the past decade tattoos were seen as a sign of gang involvement or associated with criminals who broke the law. Today they are part of our culture; for younger generations they are a sign of expression. Body modification, including tattoos, piercings, sub-dermal implants and even stretching of the earlobes, is accepted in most social circumstances. However, in the workplace many standard dress codes prohibit body modification. Many … Continued

Remembrance Day is a time to reflect

By Cassie Tulecki Remembrance Day is a time to remember those who served in the armed forces who lost their lives for our country; it is also referred to as Armistice Day. The date represents the day and time when armies stopped fighting during the First World War; the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Every year people all over the country wear red poppies on … Continued

Massage therapy offered at Doon

BY CASSIE TULECKI Massage therapy is offered at Conestoga College to provide relaxation and stress relief to students, as well as to treat various aliments they may encounter throughout the school year. “The massage therapy service has been offered on campus for over the last eight years,” said Janie Renwick, the general manager at Conestoga Students Inc. Students communicate with therapists to ensure that they will receive the best treatment … Continued