October 23, 2018

U-Pass not for everyone

EDITORIAL By Niall McCrossan Students at Conestoga College can now vote in a referendum that would allow full-time students to receive a bus pass as part of their tuition. The universal transit pass would be effective September 2019 and would cost no more than $137 per semester. The pass, also known as the “U-Pass,” would grant full-time students unlimited access to all Grand River Transit (GRT) services which will also … Continued

Welcome back concert to benefit food bank

By Clara Montgomery, Spoke News Another school year is upon us and to celebrate the arrival of students new and old, Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) is holding a second-in-a-row Welcome Back Concert at the Rec Centre tonight. Headlining it this year are the indie rock genre’s Tokyo Police Club and Hollerado. All proceeds from this year’s show will go towards the CSI food bank. “An event like this is a great … Continued

Students can access wide range of services

By Jessica Towriss, Spoke News With the fall semester beginning at Conestoga College, the halls have been full of new and returning students. With returning and first-year students, Conestoga College has welcomed a record-breaking population of more than 13,000 full-time students and more than 38,000 part-time students across all Conestoga campuses. With the influx of students, the college has hired more than 100 full-time employees to contribute to student success, … Continued

New 2018-2019 CSI directors elected

BY LUCAS HUTTERI The votes are in and Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) has announced the winners of the 2018-2019 CSI board of directors election. A total of 881 valid votes were received and the winners are Jack Gaudet, Sharan Kalsi, Kevin Lewis, Andrew MacNeil, Martha Prada, Angela van Stee and Scot Wyles. Aimee Calma remains the CSI president. Brittany Greig is vice-president, external and Porter Oleson is vice-president, internal. Two … Continued

Brrrave souls take the plunge

BY VERONICA REINER The 37th annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 15 was a success, featuring 25 participants, around 200 spectators, live music and CTV media coverage. “It’s on par with the turnout we had last year,” said Stephanie Marks, Conestoga Students Inc. events co-ordinator. The money raised from the plungers went to KW Habilitation, which provides a wide range of individualized services and supports to children with any special need … Continued

CSI’s Polar Plunge on Feb. 15

BY VERONICA REINER Conestoga Students Inc. is hosting its 37th annual Polar Plunge event on Feb. 15 at 12 p.m. just outside the cafeteria at the Doon campus. Brave students can be “freezin’ for a reason” as they jump into ice cold water in support of a great cause. “All funds raised will be donated to KW Habilitation,” said CSI President Aimee Calma. The not-for-profit organization provides a wide range … Continued

Pita Pit service falters

By REBECCA SOARES The Pita Pit is Conestoga College’s healthy food alternative, but it creates a pit of people piled in line. The eatery has become a popular food choice among faculty, staff and students, but its increasing popularity has caused service problems. On Oct. 2, Conestoga’s College Council meeting took place in the Guild Room of the Welcome Centre. During the meeting Dianna Fong-Lee, the co-ordinator of Conestoga’s occupational … Continued

A unique opportunity for students

BY AUSTIN WELLS Sometimes while wandering through the halls at one of Conestoga College’s campuses, students may encounter a booth they haven’t seen before, and won’t see very often. As part of the Conestoga Students Inc. vendor program, which has been running for over three years, temporary salespeople set up tables and offer their products to the students. These products vary – one vendor sells video gam es, another sells … Continued

Get involved at Conestoga

By ASHLEY SPRAGUE The Get Involved Fair at Conestoga is a semi-annual event that the college hosts at three campuses. It is a chance for students to get involved with events in the community and on campus and also an opportunity to earn recognition on one’s co-curricular record (CCR). Having volunteer experience on students’ CCRs is a great way for them to one-up their resume and stand out from others … Continued

One man dance crew at Toga Party

BY LUCAS HUTTERI   Cliff the Condor half-heartedly patrolled the Venue as partygoers, only a handful of who wore togas, remained seated with their heads resting in their hands, and their faces full of boredom and disappointment. Even the DJ appeared as though he had just woken from a nap. Despite the state of the party, one student took it upon himself to be the spark that Conestoga Student Inc.’s … Continued

Seventy-three per cent of fee goes to salaries

BY DEEANNA ROLLINS A student priority fee of $40 per semester was introduced in 2004 to help with Student Life programming. Now, in 2016, this fee has risen to $49.45 per semester. Although the increase isn’t large, the fact that 73 per cent of that fee goes toward payroll and salaries for all of the people working in Student Life is of a concern. In the upcoming school year, those … Continued

Going green

BY JAMES WELLS The week of March 20 to 24 was Conestoga Student Inc.’s first environmental week ever. With many presentations, events and guest speakers, CSI attempted to make the students a more aware and well informed environmental community. On the evening of March 22, Brittany Grieg and Anmolpreet Singh, CSI board of director’s environmental committee members, hosted an open forum in The Venue for students, staff and faculty. Singh … Continued

CSI says fees won’t increase in 2017-2018

BY DEEANNA ROLLINS Good news for students! In the 2017/2018 school year, there will be no CSI fee changes. At the February board of director’s meeting of Conestoga’s Students Inc. (CSI), the student association that represents more than 10,000 full-time students among all college campuses, Cameron Jones, president, said that CSI fees will not be increasing. This means that the CSI association fee will stay at $110 and the CSI … Continued