- Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:09
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By JOSH THOMAS
The Niagara College men's soccer team needed just one win during their two-game road trip to St. Clair College in Windsor and Lambton College in Sarnia to clinch a playoff spot this weekend.
It happened but they’ve got their hearts set on a third-place standing. That’s still to be decided.
On Saturday, Niagara started slowly against St. Clair allowing them to score in minute 22 of the first half.
Despite a strong second half, the Knights were unable to pick up the much needed victory. The loss didn't come without controversy as the referee kept his whistle in his pocket after a questionable tackle by St. Clair on first-year Knight Anthony Stranges.
"We started out slow,” said Stranges. “We weren't playing our game. We had chances that we didn't capitalize on and it hurt us in the end.”
Although they didn't pick up the win,...
- Created on Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:33
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By BECKI CREWE
Poor advertising is causing students to miss out on their health and dental care benefits.
Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council (SAC) sponsors these for all students. However, many are unaware of the benefits they pay for with their tuition.
Alex Strickland, 18, a student in the Electrical Engineering Technician program, says, “I asked a couple of students and they all said they were unaware of the health and or dental plans.”
“I do think they are good for students, I also think they should be more advertised.”
Jessica Perreault, 20, an Early Childhood Education student, says, “I do think they are important for students because it helps with their overall health, but I feel like they [SAC] should have pamphlets and give them out on orientation day to students.”
Perreault and Strickland are new students and were unaware of the SAC-sponsored student benefits.
The health and dental care plans come in...
- Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 15:57
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By David Chernish
Get ready to tee off. The Niagara College Foundation Golf Classic is just around the corner.
The event will be held Sept. 16 at Peninsula Lakes Golf Club in Fenwick. Proceeds will support scholarships for student athletes. The $200 tournament fee includes a golf clinic with Niagara College’s Varsity Golf Team before the tournament, 18 holes of golf, a golf cart that is shared and a golfer welcome package to each competitor, as well as various golf competitions.
Throughout the day, there will be different events such as a lunch provided by the college’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute and a beer and wine tasting hosted by the NC Teaching Brewery and NC teaching Winery.
Golfers can save time and buy their Passport to Play in advance and receive three 50/50 tickets and a draw for door prize entry. The golf tournament sold out last...
- Created on Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:06
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By KEVAN DOWD
Chef Scott Baechler has joined Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute as a new full-time faculty member in the culinary program. Baechler started here Aug. 18 and brings with him impressive credentials.
“Scott’s experience at both international and domestic hotel and independent restaurant operations is a welcome addition to the great team of chefs we currently have,” said Gary Torraville, associate dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute.
Baechler joins the culinary program after leaving Fanshawe College in London, Ont., where he had been a full-time faculty member since 2007. Baechler’s Facebook page shows his excitement and popularity among his former students and their disappointment at his departure.
Baechler cites Niagara’s facilities, resources and teams as reasons for joining the Canadian Food and Wine Institute.
“The instructors here are excellent but diverse so their training is slightly different,” said Baechler. “So, from a student’s perspective, that’s excellent....
- Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 01:19
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By Becki Crewe
The second annual Run or Dye partnered with the YMCA welcoming crowds of friends and families Saturday as people tie-dyed the sky and themselves.
Run or Dye participants celebrate fitness and fun. As the runners walk, run or jog the course, they are showered with eco-friendly plant-based powered dye at each kilometre.
At Run or Dye, runners become their own canvas by wearing white clothing. Everyone becomes a part of the rainbow by the end of the course. Dressing up is encouraged and some participants even show up in costumes, such as old wedding dresses.
Stephanie Naylor, 26, of Niagara Falls, said, “I like having fun and getting full of colour. It was awesome, I feel great.”
The five-kilometre race began at 9 a.m. in Rapidsview Park. The runners followed a course that led them along the south Niagara Parkway, through Dufferin Islands and back.
- Created on Saturday, 20 September 2014 18:21
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By LUCA GUARDARI
Since May 13, Toronto radio station 102.1 the Edge has been looking for the “Next Big Thing”, its artist discovery program, to give independent artists an opportunity to display and promote their music through a contest of Canadian talent.
After four months and 627 band entries, the Edge found what it was looking for in Peterborough band JJ and The Pillars. The grand prize included $35,000 in cash, $10,000 in band gear from Long and McQuade, a recording session at Metalworks Studios and more.
Second place went to Niagara band Xprime. The members of Xprime reside in Welland and Niagara Falls and consist of drummer Phil Taylor, bassist Neil Carson and brothers Gab Sid and Steph Mercier. Each member takes turns singing and produces Beatle-like harmonies. The band agrees that the Next Big Thing is an experience they will never forget.
“It was great, we developed an entire...
- Created on Thursday, 24 April 2014 16:07
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By BECKI CREWE
While Niagara College couldn’t hold on to its impressive winning streak of eight straight years for top student satisfaction in a province-wide survey of colleges, it remains among Ontario’s best.
The Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey measures the college’s performance in key areas such as student, employer and graduate satisfaction, employment rates and program quality.
“I am proud that Niagara College continues to be in the top tier of Ontario colleges for student satisfaction,” said Dan Patterson, president of Niagara College. “Our goal is to be number 1 every year.
“I know from speaking with Niagara College faculty and staff that we are committed to working hard as we continue to enhance our students’ experience and aim to regain the top spot.”
Niagara had ranked first in student satisfaction for eight of the previous nine years. This year’s rating has dropped from 85.4 per cent...