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By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Post-secondary education is becoming more important when job searching and for Aboriginal students it’s an important choice.
When deciding whether to go to college or university, student services are a vital part of that decision. For Aboriginal students who may have grown up far from their chosen post-secondary institution it’s hard to leave behind the culture they know.
According to a study by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) only eight per cent of Aboriginal people between 25 and 64 have a university degree compared to 23 per cent of non-aboriginals of the same age group. It’s a number that good post-secondary student services can change.
At Niagara College Aboriginal student services are offered to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and are dedicated to enhancing Aboriginal student success.
“They connected me with my community and helped me learn the cultural aspects that my grandmother, who went to...
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By BECKI CREWE
Goodbye to bottled water and hello free water with Niagara College’s hydration stations because “access to clean drinking water is a human right.”
“It [clean water] is a human right and we want to be supportive of that component,” said Taryn Wilkinson, sustainability co-ordinator. “To modify it in such a way that we’re paying for something that should actually be free … we shouldn’t have to be paying for clean drinking water.”
Students don’t have to pay for bottled water anymore as Niagara College gives free access to all the clean drinking water they want.
Alan Unwin, associate dean for the School of Environment and Horticultural Studies and co-chair of Niagara College’s Sustainability Committee, said, “Although there are some inherent environmental benefits to banning the sale of water bottles on campus, the Sustainability Committee was more concerned with the sale and turning drinking water into a commodity.”
“As the United...
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By JOEL OPHARDT
Strive Niagara was officially introduced as the beneficiary of Niagara College’s 18th annual Many Hands project.
The initiative, announced on Friday, will be handled entirely by students in the Event Management Graduate Certificate and Renovation Technician programs at Niagara College, and seeks to improve the facilities of the local charity.
“Strive Niagara is very important because it allows people to get educated while still being able to have a family,” said Frank Campion, mayor of Welland. “For this type of project to work you need both money and workers, which the college can provide, making this a fantastic partnership.”
Strive Niagara is a non-profit group providing child care and social support for young parents seeking an education since 1992.
Many Hands has supported organizations like it for nearly two decades, while allowing students to gain hands-on experience by working on their projects.
“You’ve got your Event Management students raising funds to help...
- Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 22:16
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By BECKI CREWE
It’s a big world and Niagara College makes its students “ready for the big world” Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal observed following a day-long visit to the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
Leal toured the winery, brewery, greenhouse and Benchmark Restaurant where he was able to witness raw icewine being made, students preparing food in the kitchen and sampled alcohol-free and student-made beer. He remarked specifically about the students’ passion for their programs, saying Niagara makes them “ready for the big world.”
“I think one of the things that really impresses me is the complete educational experience that one can get here at Niagara College. And, the opportunity, of course, when you graduate to go immediately into a food and beverage manufacture or business and have all the skills necessary to be a productive member of that respected manufacture or business.”
Leal noted Ontario has a “great network” of...
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By DAVID CHERNISH
Warning: This article contains strong content and curse words.
“Don’t quit before the miracle, enjoy life,” is a saying ex-National Hockey League (NHL) player Theo Fleury signs in each book he autographs, which is a perfect explanation of his post-hockey life.
His co-writer, Kim Barthel, of the book Conversations with a Rattlesnake, joined Fleury on day 36 of the book tour that started in Kingston, Ont. on Nov. 3.
“It has been an incredible month,” Fleury said.
Barthel is an expert in the field of science of occupational therapy and neurobiology as well as a therapist.
The tour isn’t you eavesdropping on a therapist-client conversation, but one on the issues around sexual abuse, as well as drug and alcohol abuse.
In the 2003 NHL off-season, Fleury decided to hang up the skates after the NHL handed him a suspension for violating its substance abuse program.
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By LUCA GUARDARI
Discover your true calling by visiting NCSAC’s upcoming Club Fair.
Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council (NCSAC) is inviting returning students and new ones to come join in on some campus fun with entertaining games and free giveaways.
NCSAC’s event is for students interested in joining a club(s) at Niagara College and to make awareness towards what clubs are present at both of Niagara’s campuses. On Jan. 26, Welland’s version of the event will be inside the campus pub, The Core, and in The Core’s foyer, with Niagara-on-the-Lake’s being held at its pub, The Armoury.
Students are welcome to discover the range of activities offered ranging from the Nerds & Geeks Club to the Juggling Club to the Salsa Dancing Club among many more.
Jamie-Lynn Gillingham, SAC director of clubs and volunteers, believes the fair is a “really good” opportunity for students to come out and explore their community. “It allows students...
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By LUCA GUARDARI
Shine a light; the Winter Festival of Lights is back for the holiday season.
Dazzling Niagara Falls with an array of beautiful lights since 1983, the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) invites you to walk into a winter wonderland.
With over three million stunning lights along five-plus kilometres throughout Niagara Falls, the OPG’s display has since attracted over 1.3 million people from around the world.
The Festival of Lights has become a winter getaway.
Tourists’ interest has increased over the years, as what used to be called off-season for the Falls has now become a busier and longer season due to the winter popularity of the lights.
One of the premier illumination festivals in North America, the festival has over 120 sparkling ensemble displays.
Adding even more excitement to the stunning array of lights is the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles display on Clifton Hill.
Colourful renditions of favourite turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo,...