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By JEREMIAH LINK
Niagara College has unofficially broken the Guinness world record for the largest dessert party. Between the gags and jokes on April 1, Niagara College’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program was not playing a prank when it chose to host the world’s largest dessert party at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
The management team’s initial goal was to get 1,000 people to simultaneously eat a dessert. The event managed to unofficially break the record with a total of 910 people. The previous record was set by Friendly’s Ice Cream in Wilbraham, Mass., on July 18, 2013 involving 794 people, who ate a variety of sundaes.
After Welland’s Mayor Frank Campion announced that the record was unofficially broken, guests of the dessert party hollered in sweet satisfaction.
Niagara College President Dan Patterson said, “We are on top. This is amazing and it is all about applied learning and how the college...
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By JOSH THOMAS
The Niagara Knights athletes celebrated their best season this past weekend.
Coming off a year in which an unprecedented eight of nine varsity programs competed in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) playoffs, it was only fitting to have an awards banquet that saw over 100 individual awards given out.
The night began with inductions into the Niagara College Hall of Fame. The 1969-70 women’s basketball team, who also doubled as the 1970 women’s volleyball team, led a class of inductees that included: women’s volleyball player Diane Vanden Hoven-King, Golfer Maxime Barre, women’s basketball player,
Kaitlyn McKenna and Welland restauranteur John Clark in the builders category.
From there it was all about the current athletes. Men’s basketball’s Delroy Grandison and women’s basketball’s Courtney McPherson took home male and female rookie of the year honours.
Grandison put up 15.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per...
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By KEVIN FARRELL
The U.S. parent company of the Future Shop chain pulled the plug on its Canadian operations suddenly Saturday morning, putting 500 full-time employees and 1,000 part-time employees out of work.
The giant electronics and appliance retailer owned by Best Buy announced that 66 Canadian stores have been closed and that it will reopen the remaining 65 under its Best Buy banner.
Locally, Future Shop stores in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Stoney Creek are now shuttered for good.
Employees came into work Saturday morning only to find out they wouldn’t be opening their doors, and that they had lost their jobs.
“We had a morning meeting and then all of the sudden we were told everyone that was supposed to work today is out of a job, no notice at all,” said Tori Mitchell, who worked at the Niagara Falls store.
The story was the same across Ontario. “No warning...
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By TANDI CHABWA
“It started as an idea on the back of a napkin over lunch,” said Stephen Dominick, on Niagara College’s fifth annual SickPix competition. “It’s become a blockbuster event.”
SickPix, run for and by Digital Photography students, took place March 27 in the Applied Health Auditorium. The event has become an increasingly exciting part of the Digital Photography program, and encourages students to get into the studio and shoot, says Dominick, program co-ordinator. He continued, “We take it very seriously. The prizes are quite spectacular. This year, I think we gave away close to $6,000 worth of prizes.”
Those prizes didn’t appear overnight. In addition to generous donations from Henry’s camera store, majority of the prize money came from the student committee, which took graduate portraits as a fundraiser. The student SickPix committee put a significant amount of work throughout the year to make the event possible. The...
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By LUCA GUARDARI
Make a child’s day; donate teddy bears at Niagara College.
Niagara College Student Administration Council (NCSAC) is supporting the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara by holding a fundraiser to receive new stuffed animals for the children’s centre.
Since opening in the fall of 2008, the centre is a safe haven to heal, help and end child abuse for Niagara’s children and youth who have been physically and sexually abused.
Serving 12 municipalities in Niagara, it focuses on helping children and families cope with the life changing impacts of child abuse.
When children arrive at the centre, non-offending family members and caregivers accompany them into open arms. Children are able to provide the details of their abuse in a private environment that respects their innocence while offering caring support.
Susanne McCarroll, Community Relations co-ordinator at the centre, plays an important role; going out into community to create awareness about child abuse.
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By CHRISTOPHER GERICS
Niagara College received its largest ever corporate donation in the sum of $1.2 million from the Walker family, and its corporation Walker Industries Holding Limited.
The donation will help fund the construction, at the Welland campus, of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. Due to the generosity of the Walker family, it will be formally named the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.
It is a crucial element toward Niagara College’s $55-million Capital Vision 2016 expansion project. The announcement was made in front of over 600 business, education and community leaders as well as college staff, at the 26th annual Seafood Gala on April 11.
Niagara College President Dan Patterson expressed immense gratitude to the Walker family.
“All of us at Niagara College are extremely grateful to the Walker family and Walker Industries for their generosity,” Patterson said. “While their gift supports Niagara College, it’s also an important investment in innovation...
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By BECKI CREWE
Brock University’s annual Terry O’Malley Lecture took flight with WestJet.
The 14th Annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising on Wednesday night awarded prize money to the top three Bachelor of Business Administration finalists in the Grant Dobson Case Competition. The lecture also welcomed guest speaker Brock alumnus Greg Plata.
Plata, who is team lead for sponsorship and experiential marketing at WestJet, graduated in 2008 from the Sports Management program. His address was about his experiences after graduation and his journey that landed him a job at WestJet.
In explaining his motivation for the annual lecture, O’Malley said, “Brock, being a lovely university, I wanted to do something that was relevant to my career and that would be beneficial and interesting for the students.”
“Primarily, they’re [students] able to talk directly to business leaders who are in the business that they want to be...