- Created on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 17:59
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By UTSAV GUPTA
Two Chartwells staff members were transported to hospital from Niagara College’s Welland campus after an exhaust in the server/grill area of the cafeteria emitted heavy smoke around noon today.
Welland Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services responders determined there was no fire.
Chartwells is the college’s food services provider. The server area was closed as a precaution, a college spokesperson said.
Shortly after the incident, fire team Captain Dan Marr said, “Some of the employees were cooking there and the overhead ventilation system malfunctioned momentarily. It seems to be working fine now. The fire prevention team is in there now and they will shut if off until the investigation finishes.”
“Two employees inhaled the smoke and were sent to the hospital.”
Anis Ahmed, a student in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at the campus, said, “I was going for some work and suddenly I saw fire marshals and paramedics rushing.”
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By CONNOR MARTEN
WELLAND – A church parking lot close to Niagara College was the scene of a small blaze around 2:30 p.m. today when flames engulfed a small construction vehicle. The Welland Fire Department responded to the scene and had the fire extinguished in about an hour. There were no injuries.
Rice Road and access to Niagara College’s Welland campus via Talbot Drive were closed until shortly after 3:30 p.m.
Officers and first responders were called to Rice Road Community Church for a natural gas fire. Enbridge officials were on scene along with private contractors trying to cut off the supply of natural gas to the flames.
Dozens of onlookers were pushed back by fire in the event of an explosion.
Matthew D’Addario, a Niagara College student, witnessed the incident.
“From what I’ve heard from the officers, contractors were drilling near a gas line and seemed to hit it. “
No one was...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 12:52
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By NIKITA GRISE
The success of Niagara College’s Liberal Arts and Sciences department is not measured by graduation statistics.
It is measured, rather, by students meeting their goals of determining what they want to do next.
“It’s a pretty tough decision to make right out of high school,” states Fiona Allan, dean of Academic and Liberal Studies.
If students are unsure of where they want to go or want to explore different options within the college, the programs offered by the department allow students to experience various fields they could enter.
“It’s such a big investment of your time, your energy, and your money when you start down a pathway to college. So if you’re not absolutely sure of your pathway, this gives you the chance to explore a little bit and think before you make that decision,” Allan explains.
Beth Kvas, 20, of the Pre-Media and Design program, originally wanted to apply for...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:46
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By TANDI CHABWA
Out with the old, in with the new.
The renovation of The Armoury is a hit with students and staff as the college’s Niagara-on-the-Lake [NOTL] campus celebrates the re-opening of the student centre.
Leased by Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council [SAC], the space was buzzing with excitement as students relaxed between classes.
“The Armoury has completely changed,” says Human Resources Management student Aquib Ansari. “In previous years it was always empty, there weren’t as many people.”
When asked if he would return, the answer was a resounding yes, which is exactly the answer SAC wants to hear.
“We want you to come and we want you to stay,” says Jennifer Olm, operations manager. “We’re not asking you to come in and get out; we want you to hang out. The whole point of us being here is to ensure that you guys have the most memorable moments, and safest moments,...
- Created on Thursday, 24 September 2015 18:30
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Niagara News has two second place awards in the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA) 2014 Better Newspapers Competition: best student photography and General Excellence for Best College/University Newspaper.
OCNA recognizes the quality of work produced every week by its member newspapers, showcasing them to readers and advertisers.
Niagara News won second place in the general excellence awards category for overall achievement in editorial, advertising, layout and community involvement. Competition is against other journalism publications at colleges and universities across Ontario.
The entire Journalism program student reporting team, editors and faculty were recognized at a gala dinner in Toronto in May for this achievement.
Journalism program graduate Brittany Erwin won second place best student photography for her Nov. 22, 2013 photograph “Battle of Brushes” showcasing body art competitions in Toronto.
Niagara News has a long award-winning history in the provincial and national college/university competitions.
In the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) Awards, which celebrate “excellence in community...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:35
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It’s orientation week, and you’re getting your books for the semester. A daunting line from the privately run “campus” store is ramping out and around the corner.
You’re exhausted, and the scribbled list of books in your hand is more than a little confusing. As a penny (or nickel) pinching student with a schedule that conflicts with an hour long wait in line, you decide you’ll pass it and wait until the chaos settles.
“Maybe I’ll look on Amazon for a used copy,” you think to yourself. “I’ve heard the prices are better anyway.”
The second week arrives, and you still don’t have your books, but now you need them badly. That line isn’t going away, and you aren’t sure you’ll get the right editions once you get inside. Somebody in line mentions how other schools are implementing a simpler and less expensive way to get them, but Niagara College...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:03
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By COLIN BLAKELY
In 1992 Niagara College opened the aboriginal resource centre at the Welland campus.
The centre aimed to build a sense of community for all aboriginal students attending the college.
Twenty-three years later, the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus opened a centre of its own on June 3.
The purpose is to improve the experience for all students, and college administration says it considers the centre to be a good start.
Dan Patterson, the president of Niagara College, signed the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes.
The college will work to assist and serve its aboriginal students.
The document contains seven principles including a voluntary commitment to making Indigenous education a priority and building relationships to strengthen the college.
According to the college website, the principles are “suggestions” and the document is “aspirational.”
The centre was expected to provide aboriginal students with a connection to their culture, as well as an education. Three months later, in the...