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FREE October 22, 2010 Vol 41 • Issue 3
College showcases itself
2010 Information Fair a huge success
By ALANNAH CAMPBELL The cost for putting on an event
and CHRISTOPHER FORTIER such as this is covered by the col-
Staff Writers lege, but the hopes are that the re-
With the completion of some of cruitment for the school will make
Niagara College’s new facilities, the event a worthwhile one, like
the stage has been set to showcase years before it.
the college on a much grander “It’s [the Info Fair] all covered
scale. by internal college costs. We have
On Wednesday, the 2010 Info internal budgets that we create for
Fair was held at the Welland cam- each of our special initiatives every
pus’ new gymnasium with the ﬁrst year and they absorb the costs for
session going from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the event. There is no cost to come
and the second session from 4 p.m. to the event, it is completely cov-
to 7 p.m. ered by the internal college com-
For the ﬁrst time, Welland was munity,” said Root.
utilized, rather than the Niagara- “We have had a successful event
on-the-Lake campus in years past. in the past. The ratio of students
The reason for the move was “to visiting our event in comparison
show off new facilites,” and be- to our population exceeds most
cause there is “more space for the events in Ontario,” said Hayes.
event,” said Carly Root, recruit- With the event at the Welland
ment co-ordinator and the main campus, it gave prospective stu-
co-ordinator of the event. dents the chance to see some of the
“The Welland campus allows us many programs that the college has
to expand our fair and provides the to offer.
academic areas the opportunity to Niagara was not the only college
make their booths larger and more there. Eighteen other Ontario col-
engaging,” said Phil Hayes, associ- leges, in addition to the University
ate registrar. of Guelph were represented at the
As many high school students fair along with Niagara College.
are “still in the exploratory stage,” Among the interactive displays
Hayes said it is a “crucial event” to on hand were members of the
recruit prospective students. college’s Canadian Food and
The college provided free busing Wine Institute who were prepar-
for high school students from 26 ing appetizers for onlookers, the
high schools throughout the Niag- Technology department which
ara and Hamilton regions, though had its R2-D2-inspired droid
the event was open to anyone inter- named Benny roaming the gym,
ested in an Ontario college. manicures courtesy of the Spa and
Prior to the event, there were Salon Studies programs and the
1,300 students conﬁrmed for the Business Hospitality and Tourism
morning session and expected program having a Who Wants to be
more than 1,000 people in the a Millionaire game for everyone in
evening. attendance to play.
“It’s the largest we’ve ever had. All of the students who had the
This year we could see upwards of chance to participate in the day’s
2,500 people or more. We’re hop- events were given a chance not
ing for at least 2,000,” said Root only to consider their choices for
during the event. their future, but a fun and interac- Bryson Nault, 24, demonstrates immobilization techniques on Josh Wise, 18, both first-year students in the
Final attendance numbers were tive day as well. Primary Care Paramedic program at the Info Fair on Oct. 20.
unavailable before publication. See more photos on page 2 Photo by Christopher Fortier
Zombies and Culinary
Inside vampires and
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Page 2 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
Catching a glimpse of college life
Niagara College’s new gymnasium was packed to the rafters with high school students checking out Niagara
and 20 other colleges to see what they had to offer. Niagara had plenty of interactive displays for each
program to entertain the masses.
Photos by Christopher Fortier
Oct. 22, 2010 NIAGARA NEWS Page 3
Studious students find their nest
Library’s opening day arrives at Welland campus
By STEPHANIE AZEVEDO soon become a tutorial room. Ac-
Staff Writer cording to Gordana Vitez, Library
The staff is friendly, the silence Services and Systems coordinator,
is deafening and the resources are “Tutorials in English, math and
on hand. ESL [English as a Second Lan-
At least, so say some of the guage] will be run out of the room
students who visited the Welland by faculty.”
campus library Oct. 18, it’s open- “Previously, these tutorials were
ing day. run out of the library in the Library
“You come in here and you can Research Room.”
hear yourself think,” says Marla The Welland campus library
Togeretz, a Pharmacy Technician now includes 18 computers, a laser
student in her second year. printer and photocopier, as well as
“There was no place to sit and a new lounge area surrounded by
study [when the library wasn’t shelves of magazines and journals.
open]. I would walk around a lot The four group study rooms will
and ﬁnd a place to study.” continue to be let out for two-hour
“There’s a lot more open space,” time blocks, but a silent study
she says. “It almost seems like you room can be found outside the old
can put more tables and chairs in.” entrance.
A ﬁrst-year Dental Hygiene stu- “We have been transient for
dent who wished to not be named quite awhile, albeit with very
says she “wanted quiet rooms for good neighbours, and it always
studying.” feels so good to be home again,”
“There was the cafeteria; [I] says Vitez.
don’t like cafeterias. It didn’t take a “We’re looking forward to
long time [for the library to open], making the Library and Learning
so [I’m] happy about that.” Commons a really friendly and
Of the library now, she says, “It’s welcoming environment with all
good. It’s big. It’s got everything: Anja Stenhouse, of the Early Childhood Education program, works in the library which opened Oct. 18. the spaces students have been
computers and study rooms.” Photo by Stephanie Azevedo asking for: quiet space, group
“Everything seems easy to ﬁnd, space and hang-out space,” says
and the staff are helpful,” noted and Youth Worker student, says the people beside me.” place that you can study.” Vitez.
Anja Stenhouse, a ﬁrst-year Early best parts of the library are seclu- “It’s nice that it’s ﬁnally open. It A currently empty room in the The Welland campus library is
Childhood Education student. sion and comfort. “I can sit here took a while, like the parking lot, Learning Commons, one that is just open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Shaun Koepke, a ﬁrst-year Child and no one can see me except the … but it’s deﬁnitely the quietest up the steps from the library, will
Students’ tuition sits at an all-time high
Higher education not available to many Canadians
By SHAWN SMITH the Ontario Student Assistance The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s After unsuccessfully searching for
Staff Writer Program (OSAP) which keeps to convince students to attend the employment for over a year, Gable
In 1963, United States President ‘All of us do not them in debt for up to 10 years after school. decided to return to school at the
John F. Kennedy spoke at the San the completion of school. Samantha Vanderleek, 20, of University of Waterloo to receive
Diego State College. He discussed have equal tal- Deanna Meade, 22, of Port Do- Calgary, Alta. is a second-year his master’s degree in Local Eco-
the state of education. ver, Ont., is a third-year student at student at Niagara College in the nomic Development. He currently
“All of us do not have equal tal- ent, but all of us Brock University in St. Catharines Early Childhood Education pro- owes $27,000 and expects it take
ent, but all of us should have an in the physical education program. gram who, because of previous him 10 years to pay the loan off. “I
equal opportunity to develop our should have an She works upwards of 60 hours a schooling, currently owes over wasn’t aware [of the increased tu-
talent,” said Kennedy. week at multiple summer jobs and $20,000 to the Alberta and Ontario ition]. Inﬂation has not increased,
In this time of increasing tuition opportunity to is still in need of funds from her governments. By the time she is so I wonder how they justify this,”
rates, these words have never rung
more true. In most First-World
develop our talent’ parents and OSAP. She says her
tuition is nearly $3,000 a semester,
ﬁnished here, she will owe over
$30,000. She says without the
Aaron Clarke, 22, of Simcoe,
countries, including Canada, post- and this does not include the many provincial government’s ﬁnancial Ont., is a graduate of the Photogra-
secondary education is a right. — John F. Kennedy other costs necessary for school, assistance programs, she would not phy program at Algonquin College
Everyone who has received a including $425 a month for rent be able to afford post-secondary in Ottawa, Ont. He currently owes
high-school diploma has the op- Miraculously, neither Prince Ed- and another $400 on books every school. OSAP $8,000; however, he feels
portunity to attend either a college ward Island nor New Brunswick semester. To put this into perspective, that it was money well spent.
or university if he or she please. saw an increase in tuition for the “My tuition raised as Brock it will take over eight years for “I think I got my money’s worth
Unfortunately, the tuition rates in 2010 school year, and Nova Scotia started its multi-million dollar Vanderleek to pay off her student for a photography class. It was a
Ontario and across Canada may lowered tuition rates by 4.5 per Both Sides of the Brain campaign. loan at $300 a month, a rather gen- great location, great place for all
take this away. cent. Thousands of dollars spent on larg- erous monthly payment. kinds of photos. Our school had all
If tuition continues to rise at the This is signiﬁcantly more than er-than-life posters all over campus “I do not think it [tuition] should the Nikon equipment that Nikon
alarming rate it has over the past the 4 per cent average increase of random people. I am paying for be raised unless they plan on giv- has put out. We had amazing tools
20 years, university may become a that took place across the country posters,” says Meade. She says she ing people more OSAP or student and we had amazing teachers. Plus
dream for those who are not of the in 2010 and much higher than the does not think she is getting her loan. Students can barely afford to our course covered more than most
ﬁnancially elite. Statistics Canada Canadian average university cost money’s worth out of her program. pay for school as it is. They should photography college courses out
stated that the $6,307 average tu- of $4,706. “I will still need to go to college not raise it because then there will there,” says Clarke.
ition for Ontario students is the This high tuition rate directly af- after my degree.” be many people who do not attend It is impossible to tell what the
highest rate in Canadian history. fects students. Those not of the up- Both Sides of the Brain was a school and cannot get jobs,” says impact of rising tuition will be on
In comparison, undergraduate stu- per class often have to ﬁnd a way to marketing campaign developed Vanderleek. student enrolment throughout the
dents in Quebec pay $2,400 for the pay for school themselves. Many by Brock University to attract Zach Gable, 22, of Simcoe, province. If the cost of schooling
same amount of schooling, a dif- have to work multiple jobs, or take students from across Ontario and Ont., recently graduated from the continues to rise at the rate it is,
ference of $3,900 or 263 per cent. out thousands in dollars in bank Canada to attend the university. University of Western Ontario those who come from less fortu-
This is a 5.4 per-cent increase loans just to attend university. Oth- Advertisements were taken out in in London, Ont., with degrees in nate families will be unable to at-
from the 2009 average of $5,985. ers receive interest-free loans from many national publications such as economics and political science. tend post-secondary school.
Page 4 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
Food banks depend on our
T H E C O M MU N I T Y PA P E R OF N I A G A R A C OL L E G E
Editor: Nate Poortinga
Associate Editor: Lindsay Costello
Assistant Editor: Eden Armstrong Autumn is a time of comfort on their shelves and available This is the 20th year of the
Photo Editor: Sam Vandenberg and relaxation for most for those who need it most. Welland Food Drive.
Canadians. With the season’s The Welland Food Drive “Unfortunately, it is as
change comes a change of is on Nov. 6. Volunteers will necessary now as it was in
Publisher: Annette Hemerik lifestyle. Most people spend be picking up donations from the early 1990s, if not more
Managing Editor: George Duma more time indoors with their doorsteps around the city so,” says Welland Food Bank
Associate Managing Editor: Phyllis Barnatt families and mark major that morning. You can help Director Monique Finley.
Design/Layout Consultant: Peter Conradi celebrations of food and spirit by placing food outside your “There are very few
Editorial Consultant: Nancy Geddie, Gary Erb such as Thanksgiving and home before 10 a.m. to spare communites of this size that
Photography Consultant: Dave Hanuschuk Christmas. volunteers from asking; or by have such a wide-reaching food
When you sat down to your lending a hand (or car) to the drive.”
Technology Support: Kevin Romyn
turkey and stufﬁng earlier this collection effort. These small More information on the
month, did you think about gestures could save someone event, including its volunteer
BNC2009 those not fortunate enough to else’s life this winter. sign-up, can be found at www.
2006 WINNER B2, 300 Woodlawn Rd., get such a meal? What about Organizations like the wellandfooddrive.com.
Welland, Ont. L3C 7L3 the people in your town who Welland Food Drive Donations later this year can
Telephone: (905) 735-2211 are literally starving? Committee depend completely be made at The Hope Centre
Food banks across the country on the kindness of residents and at 179 East Main St., The
Fax: (905) 736-6003
are preparing for another long certain local businesses to help Salvation Army at 115 Division
Editorial email: email@example.com winter and need your support people through these tough St. or the Open Arms Mission
Advertising email: firstname.lastname@example.org keeping staple items such as times. Anything you can do at 22 Fifth St.
cereal, peanut butter and pasta will help. NATE POORTINGA
Bullying continues to be a major problem
Sticks and stones will break Tyler Clementi of Ridewood,
my bones but words will never NJ, committed suicide because
hurt me. his roommate allegedly secretly
Every kid has heard these ﬁlmed him engaging in sexual
words, but shouldn’t believe activity with another man and
them. posted it on the Internet.
Although a bully may be Sadly, Clementi’s suicide
depicted as someone who uses is not the only incident of this
violence, a bully’s words can be nature.
far more powerful than his or It is tragic that the fear of
her physical attacks. being criticized for being
According to the Canadian oneself would drive someone to
Oxford dictionary, a bully is take his or her own life.
“a person who uses strength or How cruel do one’s comments
power to coerce others by fear.” need to be to make someone
Unfortunately, these people contemplate or commit suicide?
are part of everyday life and More recently, cyber-bullying
can cause major psychological has become prevalent because
damage, especially to of the anonymity of the
impressionable people. Internet. People can now hide
Bullying affects people of behind their computer screens
all ages, races and lifestyles. as they insult their victims,
People may be attacked because proving bullies are not just
of their appearance, personality, found stealing lunch money in
views or sexual orientation. schoolyards.
According to statistics The use of technology adds to
reported by ABC News, nearly the growing epidemic.
30 per cent of students are either Living in a country that
bullies or victims. emphasizes tolerance and
If people could be more freedom of choices, we
tolerant of others, they would shouldn’t be made to feel
see these differences are what inferior just for being ourselves.
make humans unique. No one I think it’s about time people
should be made to suffer for considered another familiar
personal lifestyle choices of childhood phrase: treat others
preferences. the way you would like to be
Bullying made headlines treated.
recently when 18-year-old LINDSAY COSTELLO Illustration by Toni Karan
Oct. 22, 2010 NIAGARA NEWS Page 5
Halloween never gets
old, even if you do
can assure you that they’re trick-
CHRIS I know that we’re in the middle
FORTIER of a recession here, but why is there
Columnist the need to not partake in one of
the oldest traditions in our culture?
When I was a child I don’t re-
member a single house that wasn’t
handing out candy.
My brother Joel and I would
My favourite time of year is be out until all hours of the night,
upon us: Halloween. ﬁlling up our pillow sacks to the
Even at the ripe old age of 33, brim with chips and candy and
I still enjoy getting dressed up in then going through our bounty at
a costume and enjoy a day when the end of the evening. We’d have
I can eat as much candy as I want enough candy to have in our school
and no one can say anything about lunches until mid-December.
it. Of course, candy isn’t as much
of a priority now, what with the
diabetes and all, but I still enjoy ‘My favourite time
getting dressed up.
Now that I have a child, it’s even of year is upon us:
more fun. My daughter, Chloe, 4,
is going to be dressed up as a prin- Halloween.’
cess this year, and she couldn’t be
more excited. — Chris Fortier
There’s just something about the
day that ﬁlls me with excitement. Now, Chloe barely ﬁlls a grocery
What I can’t understand is how bag with candy after about 90 min-
so many more houses are not tak- utes of going door-to-door.
ing part in the distribution of candy. It’s a real sign of the times; how
I live in an area where there are people are always ready and will-
homes in the range of $300,000 ing to take, but not give anything
and about one third of them don’t in return.
give out candy. Why is it always the kids that
Most of them have kids, and I feel the pinch in the end?
Spiders and snakes are some of the most common animal phobias among humans.
Illustration By Toni Karan Eradicating homophobia
What gives you the goosebumps? one step at a time
difﬁcult; social phobia, which is the Most phobias are harmless in the opinion, but no one has the right
fear of being watched or humiliated sense most people stay away from to propagate hurtful opinions
KAYLA (a good example is public speak- what scares them. Nevertheless, ANTON knowing they will offend. Such
CABRAL ing); and speciﬁc phobia, which is some unfortunate people some- MWEWA opinions are best kept to oneself.
Columnist the fear of speciﬁc objects or situa- times have to face their fears in Columnist Life for gay teens trying to es-
tions (the most common is the fear order to move on in life. tablish their identities in a narrow-
of animals). For example, if a businessman minded world is hard enough
Slipper, slimy, slithering snakes is afraid of ﬂying but has business without having the people who are
would have to be my No. 1 phobia, trips every month, he must ﬁnd a expected to understand them most
also known as ophidiophobia. I way to overcome his fear. help them the least.
You feel it on the back of your remember as a child I went to the Therapy and medication are two Do you like purple? Yes? Did If the world can’t immediately
neck ﬁrst. Your hair starts to rise Welland fair with my mother. There methods offered in helping over- you wear it this Wednesday? show acceptance, something it
and you get a tingly sensation was an exotic animal exhibit that come phobias. Oct. 20 was the day to wear it as should have done a long time ago,
throughout your body. included boa constrictors. Know- Gradually facing the fear can help part of a special event started and
Goosebumps come next. You ing my fear, my mother suggested I someone overcome it, although, in organized on Facebook to com-
can’t stop them. You start to panic, overcome it by holding one. extreme cases, some people go to memorate the suicides caused by
and you become short of breath. As I waited in line to hold a great lengths to avoid their phobia, homophobia. ‘Hate isn’t
You can hear your heart beating snake that was huge and looked even if it is a major inconvenience. By now, most people should
outside your chest and you can’t evil (in my opinion), I started to be- One of the weirdest fears I found know the story of the most recent something that
help but scream … SPIDER!
Phobias seem too common.
come more and more terriﬁed that
it would coil around me, squeezing
most common among my friends
was clown phobia. Most of my
suicide: Tyler Clementi, a gay Rut-
gers University, NJ, student who
just happens, it’s
Ask your friends and they will tell
you something they are afraid of,
me to death.
A younger boy ahead of me held
friends admitted to being terriﬁed
of clowns and I don’t blame them.
killed himself after his roommate
and an accomplice released a video
whether it be creepy crawlers or this deadly creature. He loved ev- When I researched clown phobia, on the Internet of him engaging in
small, dark spaces. ery minute of it and was making his most sites explained that it could be gay sexual acts. — Anton Mwewa
Growing up, I used to love parents take pictures as I watched due to the permanent expressions If not that, then maybe the
watching Are You Afraid of the the snake curl around his entire painted on the faces of clowns. All incident in which Seth Walsh, a
Dark? and Goosebumps. I was body. At this point I wanted to run I know is that when I see a clown, I 13-year-old California middle the least it can do is show toler-
obsessed with shows that made away and cry. want to run away and hide. school student, hung himself after ance and understanding.
me jump. Today, I jump when the I begged my mother to hold the Unfortunately, some fears are facing several years of bullying Hate isn’t something that just
toaster goes off. snake with me. I made her hold the harder to overcome than others. and abuse because he was gay. happens; it’s taught, and it’s time
In the third Canadian edition of head of it — there was no way I People with arachnophobia (fear Attitudes to homosexuality we started teaching children in
Psychology Frontiers and Applica- was letting it wind around me — of spiders) and astraphobia (fear may be changing, but clearly they schools how to be accepting of
tions, phobias are deﬁned as strong and I held the tail. of thunder and lightning) will just haven’t changed enough. homosexuality instead of brushing
and irrational fears of certain ob- To this day I can tell you exactly have to curl under their covers or There are few things in this the topic off and pretending it’s not
jects or situations. what the muscles on the snake felt run into a different room to get world sadder than suicide, but an issue.
There are three main categories like as they slithered and moved- away from their fears. suicide committed because of One can only hope that there will
of phobia: agoraphobia, which is within my tiny hands. As my nana used to say before something so heinous as bullying soon come a time when people are
the fear of being alone in a situa- Needless to say, it didn’t cure bed, sleep tight and don’t let those is much worse. judged by their character and not
tion where a quick escape would be me. I am still terriﬁed of snakes. bedbugs bite. People have the right to their by their sexual orientation.
Page 6 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
Niagara College’s Waters Spa treats everyone
Relaxing treatments at NOTL campus open to public, offering right prices, great service
By KIMBERLY SMITH These include facial treatments,
Staff Writer clinical treatments (such as micro-
The thought of being pampered dermabrasion), lash and brow tint-
for a day could put a dent in a ing, hair removal, hand treatments,
college student’s budget. What if foot treatments, and artiﬁcial nail
there’s a place where serenity can applications. Spa packages are also
be found at a small price for high available.
quality? Debra Gavard-Haycox, of St.
If ever there’s a time when a day Catharines, a Niagara College
at a spa is a necessity, it’s during employee, says she has been going
college. to the NOTL spa for roughly three
Long hours sitting in class- years.
rooms, stressing over assignments “The spa is comparable to oth-
and getting limited hours of sleep ers in the area and has reasonable
can make anyone look and feel rates. I like the spa because you
exhausted. need to treat yourself and you are
Niagara College’s Waters Spa entrusting yourself to someone
holds the answers. else to take care of you.”
Tucked away in the Niagara- The spa is a win-win for the
on-the-Lake campus is a training Esthetics program because it gives
lab. There are three main rooms students a chance to practice pro-
painted a soft green with ﬂower ar- fessionalism and use proper tech-
rangements and soft music playing niques on clients.
in the background, each focused on Daniela Morocco, 23, of Niagara
different treatments. Falls, says she enjoys being able to
The lab is unique in many ways. work with different people before
During class time it is used to teach getting into the industry. Morocco
esthetics students the proper proce- is a graduate of the Graphic Design
dures for a variety of treatments us- program at the Welland campus
ing industry-approved equipment. but chose “to pursue a more artistic
However, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 career.”
p.m. on Wednesdays and Thurs- “The turnover of clients and get-
days, and 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ting into routine was difﬁcult at the
on Fridays, Waters Spa is a fully beginning,” says Morocco.
operational spa. Waxing and manicures are her
Second-year students in the two- favourite treatments to do. This
year Esthetician diploma program semester Morocco works the Fri-
are required to complete 45 clinical day evening shift. “It’s picking up
hours. a bit.”
Program Co-ordinator Lisa For other students such as Kailee
Maurice says the spa is a great ad- Brusdeilins, 21, of Niagara Falls,
dition to the program because “[in] the spa is a relaxing atmosphere for
this day and age there is no human clients and for herself.
contact, and going to the spa is a “I heard good things about the
stress reliever.” program and wanted to stay close
The Esthettician program at Niagara-on-the-Lake teaches students the latest procedures for health and
Maurice says they are ﬁrm in to home.” Brusdeilins says she is
wellness. Instructor Susan Paone shows students how to apply artificial nails in the Niagara Waters Spa.
what they do and what the students “really interested” in doing nails
Photo by Kimberly Smith
are taught. and hopes to work in the Greater
“There is a public interest in our Toronto Area after graduation. tacted by a former teacher. Mac- lar with students and members of sionals and taught how to act a
spa because the girls are good and Lab Technologist Lorraine Mac- Donald’s role at Waters Spa is to the community because of the top- certain way.”
the price is right.” Donald has been in the esthetics supervise students “and make sure notch services. Information on services and
The services reﬂect what the stu- industry for nine years and got everything is being done properly.” “The girls are taught how to be prices is available at www. Niaga-
dents are taught during class time. involved in the spa after being con- MacDonald says the spa is popu- professional, trained as profes- raWaters.ca
It’s time to get your flu vaccination again
By EDEN ARMSTRONG Nov. 4 and Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. Organization declared a pandemic the ﬂu shot. Clinics will also be
Staff Writer until 4 p.m. The Maid of the Mist of the H1N1 ﬂu virus, the number held throughout the Niagara Re-
A highly contagious infection of campus in Niagara Falls clinic will of ﬂu shots given increased for gion from Nov. 1to Nov. 17. No
the throat, nose and lungs, the ﬂu follow on Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. the general public and health care appointments are necessary. You
can be a serious illness for some until 1 p.m. professionals. must have your Ontario health
people. The infection caused by the Sara Petriello, 20, a student Dr. Jane Nassif is manager of card or your driver’s license with
inﬂuenza virus can spread rapidly in the Business Administration medical informatics for the Ni- you. See the full clinic schedule at
through germs. (Co-op) program, says it would agara Regional Public Health de- www.niagararegion.ca
The most effective way to pre- be “convenient” to get the ﬂu shot partment who dealt with the H1N1 The important thing to remem-
vent the ﬂu from spreading is by while at school. pandemic last year for the region. ber is that, if you are feeling ill, the
covering your cough and wash- “I don’t normally get the shot, She says, “In a typical seasonal in- best way to stop the spread is to
ing your hands thoroughly and but if it was offered while I was ﬂuenza seasonal clinic, we [public stay at home.
frequently. Alcohol-based hand other common ﬂu strains. already on campus, it would cer- health] administer about 8,000 to
sanitizers are also a great way to Registered nurse Christine Phil- tainly be easier than going to the 10,000 vaccines.”
stop the spread of germs. brick, who runs the Niagara-on- doctor.” Niagara Regional Public Health Health Services at both cam-
Symptoms of the ﬂu range from the-Lake campus health services, Student Administrative Council administered 4,918 seasonal inﬂu- puses provides many services for
fever and headaches to the chills, says the college will offer clinics (SAC) President Brian Costantini, enza vaccines during the 2009/2010 students including healthy sexu-
nausea and dry coughs. Muscle for students and staff. All three 24, says SAC understands the “im- season; 52,289 H1N1 vaccinations ality, body image issues, lifestyle
aches, extreme tiredness and a campuses are offering ﬂu vaccina- portance of healthy living.” were also administered as a result choices and health resources.
runny noise can also be an indica- tion clinics during November. The “We encourage that all students of the pandemic.
tion you are getting the ﬂu. Niagara-on-the-Lake campus will make a conscious choice when The Public Health website for NOTL Ofﬁce W105
This year’s ﬂu vaccination will hold a clinic Nov. 3 between 9 considering the ﬂu shot and other the Niagara Region says the vac- Extension 4449
provide protection against the a.m. and 4 p.m. while the Welland health-promoting initiatives.” cine is “safe.” Everyone six months Welland Ofﬁce L20
H1N1 ﬂu virus, in addition to two campus will offer the shots on both Last year when the World Health or older can beneﬁt from getting Extension 7635
Oct. 22, 2010 NIAGARA NEWS Page 7
Helping others means helping yourself
Steven Bewley peaks about yoga, travel, volunteering and living life freely
By CAROLYN GOARD it challenging to overcome the sor-
Staff Writer rowful emotions this caused.
Steven Bewley is living his life Bewley says that he never really
ﬂying by the seat of his pants. got over hockey.
“Accepting and appreciating “It’s just the way life goes.”
things as they come” has certainly “Hockey will still be a large part
enriched Bewley’s life. of my life. It has opened so many
As a result, Bewley is very intui- other doors for me.”
tive about what he needs and gives Channeling his energies else-
himself that gift every day. where, Bewley began writing and
There is no doubt that the performing music at the age of 26.
34-year-old has had his share of Music and the guitar worked as
challenges. healing and therapy, Bewley says.
In fact, the struggles have His ﬁrst musical performance was
framed his progression through at the Hospital for Sick Children on
life and shaped him into the pas- Herbie Day.
sionate, spiritual and spontaneous Bewley has enjoyed writing
individual he is. music and performing as a hobby
One trait that has truly beneﬁtted ever since.
his life is Bewley’s open-minded- Hockey also sparked Bewley’s
ness toward new things and new career in acting, which began at
experiences. age 27, because he often portrayed
As a result, Bewley has a story- athletic characters.
book full of inspirational life expe- Bewley also performed stunt
riences to share with the world, and work and worked on the TV show,
he is about to embark upon a new The Playmakers.
life-changing journey. He scored his big break as a
Bewley grew up in Georgetown, hockey player in his ﬁrst Hol-
Ont.,and developed a love for lywood ﬁlm, The Tooth Fairy, in
hockey at age four. 2010, ﬁlmed in Vancouver.
While working towards his busi- Bewley has now developed a
ness degree at Ryerson University love for yoga.
in Toronto, Ont., he played on the He has looked to yoga to help
hockey team for four years. him in times of struggle and to
He was given the “greatest con- shape new views on life.
tribution in athletics” award while “Yoga has been a mechanism
at Ryerson. Bewley says he was that has empowered, inspired and
excited to have that experience enriched my life in many ways,”
because at the time the hockey pro- Bewley says. His acting coach in-
gram had not quite taken off. spired him to try yoga. Bewley enjoys an early morning yoga session in the Open Air Theatre behind the main village in Ios, Greece,
“It was difﬁcult and it required In 2007 Bewley reached a point during his journey through the Greek Islands in 2008. Submitted photo
a lot of sacriﬁce and time to make where he started to feel stuck.
the team what it was.” “I used yoga with the hopes that He has used this experience Bewley explored the Greek things for the sake of doing them.
Following university, Bewley it would be an impetus for a new to teach yoga all over the world, Islands and ﬂew to the United He felt that this gives your life a
moved to the United States to pur- change in my life.” including introducing yoga to chil- Kingdom, where he was also able unique “spark.”
sue a hockey career in Mississippi. Bewley wanted to begin living dren in Vancouver. to teach yoga. Bewley felt this was another
He signed a contract as a “walk- life spontaneously and began doing Bewley says yoga has been At that point, Bewley had opportunity to explore life without
on tryout” in Mississippi and made yoga intensely for six months. extremely beneﬁcial to his body planned to travel Europe, but was knowing what would come of it.
the team, despite an injury. He says his yoga experience because “one begins to form their offered a role in the movie The Just weeks ago, Bewley held a
Hockey is one of Bewley’s affected his mind and body differ- own practice, develop their own Tooth Fairy, so he travelled to Van- fundraiser and raised $2,000 for
greatest accomplishments because ently than weight lifting did, a pas- unique meaning of yoga, and learn couver instead. Habitat for Humanity and his trip.
he was the ﬁrst player to sign a pro- time he enjoyed for several years. what each individual wants to get “My travels were a beautiful life Bewley says it was the result of a
fessional contract as a goaltender The yoga student wanted to be- out of their own practice.” adventure,” Bewley says. few key people who were helpful.
and defenseman at different points come a yoga teacher. It is a special experience Bewley Bewley is planning to embark “Watching people step up to the
of his career. This is what drove his Bewley received his yoga certiﬁ- describes because it is different for upon a new experience. plate and help me put the fundrais-
passion for hockey, he says. cation in Power Vinyasa, a speciﬁc everyone. He compares the yoga Travelling to Mozambique one er together has helped me and has
A difﬁcult period arose after he fast-paced type of yoga after 200 experience to a painting. month from now for two weeks, enriched my life in so many ways.”
was forced to stop playing because hours of training in Hawaii in Feb- “No two pictures are going to be Bewley is volunteering with Habi- Bewley says his dad played a
his injury had become very painful. ruary of 2008. “It was a good way the same.” tat for Humanity building houses crucial role in helping put together
For quite some time, Bewley found to start a nice journey.” One of Bewley’s greatest ac- with a team of 14 other Canadians. silent auction items. A friend’s hus-
complishments was giving himself “I felt I was reaching another band’s band played throughout the
the gift to take time and energy to point in my life where I wanted night, and the event hosted some
travel for a year. He says it was a to experience new growth,” says other performers.
great lesson because he could have Bewley Excitedly. He says, “It was a kick-ass time.”
shied away from his own desire to The opportunity to live life spon- Although the fundraiser has been
experience travelling. taneously is one of the reasons he extremely gratifying, the planning
Bewley began his travels in Ha- got involved in the entertainment and execution of the event have
waii after he completed his yoga industry, as well as the ability to been overwhelming and exhaust-
teacher training. have a ﬂexible schedule. ing, says Bewley.
He moved westward and trav- He began planning this new op- Bewley hopes to learn more
elled through Japan, Singapore, portunity when a friend of his, who about life from the experience, and
Thailand, Laos, Hong Kong and belongs to a group called Volunteer to be enlightened about the human
Macau, where he experienced the Builders, told him they needed an- experience in a different part of the
tallest bungee jump in the world. other team member to join them on world.
Bewley then ﬂew to Jordan their trip to Mozambique. He says he is interested in con-
and travelled through Israel, back Bewley impulsively said yes necting people from Canada with
Steven Bewley helped out with an organization “Volunteer Builders” at through Jordan to Egypt. He ﬂew because he did not have anything those in Mozambique to gather
the Ontario Camp for the Deaf in May of 2007. Bewley has volunteered to Turkey and stayed there for ﬁve planned for the future. He was new knowledge.
with the organization every spring for the past five years. weeks teaching yoga and perform- taught by his acting instructor to Following his volunteer work,
Submitted photo ing music. make compelling choices and to do he will stay to travel the coastline.
Page 8 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
GradSmart networking builds success
Student representatives from this year’s GradSmart committee during their first meeting at Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
Photo by Shaylene Abbey
Graduating students help you find your way into the working field
By SHAYLENE ABBEY ment. To be a committee member, tiatives. liaison and runs the program. and the Business Development
Staff Writer one needs to be graduating student “[GradSmart] is providing the She says last year’s commit- Centre to help students build resu-
Graduation, for many college from any program. tools students need to help them tee helped design the Are You més and portfolios.
students, is the reward for years Catherine Rice, a student in the transition into the workforce.” Graduating? webpage on the Ni- “GradSmart was a huge suc-
of hard work. However, once the one-year Public Relations graduate Kayci Priddle is in the one-year agara College website and created cess,” Auger says.
ceremony is over, graduates must certiﬁcate program, says she is a Event Management graduate cer- a GradSmart Facebook group and a This year’s events are in the
decide to go into their profession part of the GradSmart committee tiﬁcate program. Her reasons for Linkedin networking group. process of being planned by the
or continue their education. because she “really likes helping being part of GradSmart were put She adds that the student survey committee and will include similar
In its second year and run other people.” simply: “I want to help graduates had over 100 responses last year initiatives and one big event.
through the Alumni Relations “I wanted to gain experience succeed.” and there was “great participa- For more information about the
department of Niagara College, working with other people.” The committee is developing tion” in the events, which included GradSmart program or its commit-
the GradSmart program involves Amanda Lepkyj is in her ﬁnal a student survey to determine the GradSmart vendor fairs at both the tee, visit http://www.niagaracol-
a committee of about 15 graduat- year of the four-year International needs of this year’s graduating stu- Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland lege.ca/Gradsmart/initiatives.htm,
ing students who meet monthly to Commerce and Global Develop- dents. It will be available online by campuses, a bus trip to the National or contact Auger at the Alumni
develop and co-ordinate initiatives ment Bachelor Degree program. November. Job Fair in Toronto to help students Relations ofﬁce at 905-735-2211
that will help other graduating stu- She is on the committee and says Elise Auger, a 2009 graduate of network and meet employers and ext. 7841 or by email eauger@
dents make choices to further their students who are graduating can the Public Relations graduate cer- workshops provided by campus niagaracollege.ca.
education or transition to employ- benefit from GradSmart’s ini- tiﬁcate program, is the GradSmart departments such as the Job Centre
A strong reputation brings Niagara College a bigger community
By YUKI KAJI region, the province and the rest omy are making Niagara College does a good job.” It visited foreign Recreation Therapy, 40 students
Staff Writer of Canada. a school of choice for students,” countries last summer and winter, in Digital Photography and 20 in
The college is getting bigger and He says Niagara College has he says. adding another reason is that more Computer Systems Technician.
bigger. received No. 1 student satisfaction For international students, it visas were opened to Canada. Hann says the college had 8,000
About 4,500 new students ranking for six years in a row, there is also the biggest enrolment on Patterson says, “Last year we students on Day 10 of the term.
walked through the doors at Niag- are better facilities and “students record. Shawna Luey, an interna- reached capacity in most of our Hann says, “Full-time students
ara College this September. are looking forward to the finish tional student adviser, says more programs because of physical enrolled at Niagara College’s four
Dan Patterson, president of of the new academic wings.” One than 300 new students arrived space limitations.” campuses as of the tenth day of
Niagara College, says, “I’m very more big reason is graduates are “With our exciting new learn- classes for 2010 fall is 7950. We
pleased that with our new facili- coming back for new skills, he
ties coming online. Through our adds.
‘ One more big ing facilities open this fall and the
launch of five new programs, we
also have 247 English as a Sec-
ond Language students enrolled in
$90-million redevelopment proj-
ect, we are able to serve more
Patterson says with 70 per cent
of future jobs requiring post-sec-
reason is gradu- were able to accommodate more
students into our classrooms,” he
2010 fall and expect to have 700
students in this program in January
students.” ondary education, “It is important ates are coming says. 2011.”
Bob Hann, the college’s regis- for Niagara College to be able to Five new programs also boosted He expects the total of student
trar, says there are 300 more first- support the economic redevelop- back for new enrolment: Welding Technician, number to be more than 9,000 next
year students compared with last ment of the region and provide the Brewmaster and Brewery Opera- semester.
year, a seven per cent increase. skills and training needed for the
skills.’ tion Management, Recreation Patterson says, “With the
“It’s exciting to see the number.” jobs of tomorrow,” he says. Therapy, Digital Photography, and Applied Health Institute opening
Some reasons for the increase, he “Our strong reputation for stu-
— Bob Hann Computer Systems Technician. next year, we plan to continue
says, are that more post-secondary dent success and student satisfac- Enrolments were 25 students in to expand our programming and
students applied to the college, tion and the growing recognition from about 60 countries. Welding Technician, 24 students in grow enrolment to meet the future
and the college’s reputation has of the value of a college credential She says one reason for this suc- Brewmaster and Brewery Opera- economic needs of the region and
gone up in the community, the in today’s rapidly changing econ- cess is that “our recruiting team tion Management, 55 students in the province.”
Oct. 22, 2010 NIAGARA NEWS Page 9
Money for educational fund your college
Facilities Management Services rally in honour of colleague experience
By LINDSAY COSTELLO
Staff Writer By KAYLA CABRAL
Through tragedy comes a sense Staff Writer
of community. Join a club, volunteer or come to
Facilities Management Services an event. Be SAC Aware.
(FMS) held fundraisers Oct. 6 at Oct. 4 was SAC Awareness Day
Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the- at the Welland campus. SAC stands
Lake (NOTL) campus and Oct. for Student Administrative Council.
7 at the Welland campus to raise Booths were set up outside the
money for the Frank Rubino Edu- cafeteria near the library for people
cational Fund. who wanted to see what events were
Rubino was a part-time general coming up in the next few months.
maintenance worker for FMS who Club booths and info packages were
died while working at the NOTL also available to students who were
campus on Aug. 12. interested.
The proceeds from the fundraisers David Miller, 20, director of
will go into a trust fund established clubs and volunteers at the Welland
for Rubino’s children to help cover campus, says the point of SAC
the cost of their post-secondary Awareness Day was to “try and get
education. all our events out there for the next
Rubino left behind a wife and few months.”
three children. October brings a lot of festivities
Ange Bruni, operations manager for the college. Robert Perron, di-
for FMS, says the fundraisers were rector of social programming at the
organized by a FMS committee to Welland campus, listed some events
assist Rubino’s family as he was happening in October.
a part-time employee and did not Oct. 15 was a trip to Canada
have beneﬁts. Wonderland’s Halloween Haunt,
“He [Rubino] was one of our followed by a pumpkin-carving
boys. We decided to spearhead the contest on Oct. 25 in The Core and a
thing.” Facilities Management Services Planning and Development Technologist Bart Lanni serves a barbeque
lunch to Jaclyn Bentley, an alumnus of Niagara College’s Paramedic program, during a fundraiser for the Halloween-themed day on Oct. 27.
Bruni says although Rubino was It will be a full day of events, free
only employed since April, he made Frank Rubino Educational Fund on Oct. 7.
Photo by Lindsay Costello BBQ, prizes and a pub night to end
an impact on others. the festivities.
“It’s amazing what a lot of people were also on sale with more than the fundraiser. “It went better than I Uncle Frank who could do pretty Nick Bedard, 20, director of
do in a short time.” $10,000 worth of prizes to be won think we all expected.” much anything.” student and community relations at
He says the NOTL fundraiser including two separate one-week She says it is “very nice to see” so He says he would see Rubino the Welland campus mentions a free
“went really well” and it was “quite stays at a condominium in Florida many people support the fundraiser. around the college but never said trip to Toronto on Dec. 11.
pleasing” to see people donate and and two sets of Jim Kelly Club seats “He was a really, really nice man anything to him. He recalls his “We do it every year and it is huge
support the cause. for a Buffalo Bills football game. and he helped a lot of people. It’s friend telling him that his uncle among the international students.”
He says there was no fundraising The rafﬂe ended following the nice to see people doing something asked why he had ignored him. Sabine Dunac, 22, a volunteer
goal, only a hope to raise as much fundraiser on Oct. 7, winners were for his family.” Folinazzo didn’t formally intro- for SAC, says she loves helping out
money as possible for the Rubino selected that day and the names Giacomo Folinazzo, an English duce himself to Rubino until a few during events.
family. were posted on Blackboard. as a Second Language professor, days before his death and says he is “I was a volunteer for frosh week
Bruni says the barbeque was Alicia Esposito, a student in the performed at both fundraisers. “honoured” to be a part of the fund- and I had great time. I met really
chosen because of the nice weather Public Relations graduate certiﬁcate He has been singing profession- raising efforts. great people who are now my good
and because people would be likely program, attended the NOTL fund- ally for ﬁve years and as an amateur Anyone wishing to donate to the friends.”
to buy a meal for a reasonable price. raiser with Rubino’s son, Talon, prior to that. Frank Rubino Educational Fund Dunac says for awareness day
A $5 donation provided support- whom she is dating. Folinazzo says he knew Rubino should contact Cathy Desimone, she informed people of events and
ers with a hamburger or a hotdog, She says the Rubino family is as one of his good friend’s uncles. secretary for FMS, by calling 905- handed out rafﬂe tickets and other
chips and a drink. Rafﬂe tickets “very happy” with the outcome of “I always heard about this famous 735-2211 Ext. 7503. free things.
“SAC Awareness Day is about
informing students about the great
Pool expert amazes students at NC Core events SAC has put together for
the student body. We just want to
let students know there are actually
By TONI KARAN wand this will be one of the 4, 000 things to do in Welland.”
Staff Writer memorable for him. Miller says that although the
The eight-ball banks and rolls Nick Christmas, 19, a student in deadline to make a club was Oct. 8,
into the corner pocket. the Police Foundations program, anyone can join a club at any time.
This was the case when pool says, “I need to step my game up.” The day was a success and Miller
expert Gerry “The Ghost” Watson He says playing against Watson says, “ A lot of people were coming
came to The Core at the Welland was “pretty amazing,” and Watson up and giving us suggestions.”
campus Oct. 4 at 12:30 p.m. let him know he did well.
Watson says he enjoys coming to Robert Perron, Student Admin-
Niagara College every year. istrative Council director of social
The hour-long performance con- programming at the Welland cam-
sists of him demonstrating his bil- pus, says the college brings Watson
liards knowledge and doing tricks. every year because a lot of people
Afterwards, students lined up to like to play pool in The Student
compete against Watson and, in the Centre.
end, he remained undefeated. Watson had to rush to the Niag-
“It was really nerve-racking. ara-on-the-Lake campus after this
He’s just way too good,” says show to entertain more Niagara
Stan Savoia, 18, a ﬁrst-year Police College students.
Foundations program student, after He says his favourite part about
playing a game of pool against playing pool for a living is “fooling
Gerry “The Ghost” Watson plays a game of pool against Niagara College Watson has done over 4,000 bil- “I don’t know why more girls
student Stan Savoia in The Core. liard shows. He says he has gone aren’t playing pool,” he says with Robert Perron and Sabine Dunac
Photo by Toni Karan all over the place doing shows, a laugh. Photo by Kayla Cabral
Page 10 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
Service sector Firefighters make it hot
now powering By EMMA RUSSELL
Niagara economy The ladies of Welland felt the
heat on Oct. 9 as the Welland Pro-
fessional Fireﬁghters Association(
WPFFA) had its 2011 calendar
By SAM VANDENBERG Niagara’s economy as dominated kickoff party.
Staff Writer by relatively small number of large The outdoor event took place at
Manufacturing used to be the businesses: this is no longer the Club Richeilieu in Welland. Ad-
heart and soul of the Niagara case,” say data provided by the Ni- mission fee was $5 to get in and $6
region, but trends now show that agara Workforce Planning Board. for 20 tickets to spend on food or
this once labour-driven community The electronic version of this brief drinks.
is turning a new page into retail/ can be found at www.brocku.ca/ This was the fourth year for the
wholesale trade, health care and nco/pb05. event. An expected 850 to 1,000
social assistance. Lauren Miller, president of the people were to show up, says
On Sept. 21 the Niagara com- Economic Developers Council of Laura Infantino and Cheryl Marr,
munity observatory and Niagara Ontario, said, “This isn’t unique wives of the ﬁremen.
workplace planning board met to Niagara. It’s a trend across the “Other cities did it, like Toronto,
at the Legends of Niagara Golf country.” and it turned out well, so Welland Mr. June, Mr. November, Mr. October, Mr. December and Mr. March of
Complex to discuss the future of With this major shift in industry started,” says Infanino and Marr. the calendar pose for the ladies after showing off their moves.
Niagara’s workforce. comes a great deal of change. “The The band 351 Cleveland enter-
Dave Siegel, director of the demand for higher quality jobs is tained the crowd of women while Photo by Emma Russell
Niagara Community Observatory going up and a lot of “McJobs” are they anxiously waited in line to get of Welland agreed they like the are really close. We all have each
and a professor of political sci- no more,” said Paul Castel, director the man of each month to sign their ﬁremen because they are “heroic, other’s back.”
ence at Brock University, said, of the regional commercialization calendar, which were being sold brave and manly.” Marr says even the wives are
“The change is good. We used to group. for $15. Marr and Infantine say “Firemen are sexy, and we are close. She says whenever they see
be purely industrial. Diversity is The change hasn’t been good all the proceeds go to the Welland deﬁnitely getting a calendar.” each other, they all give each other
good; that way we don’t have all for everyone in the region. “As Hospital Foundation. Karen Burger says her favourite hugs and kisses.
our eggs in one basket.” the dollar goes up, the competi- A ﬁre truck arrived with the ﬁreﬁghter of the calendar is De- “We are one big happy family.”
“In the past ﬁve years the tive edge goes away,” said Miller sirens blaring, and moments cember, better known as Adam, Dempster says part of being a
manufacturing industry has seen a “A lot of people have been hurt- later smoke appeared all over the while others say they can’t decide ﬁreman is putting his life on the
decline of $1.5 billion. During this ing. The government could have stage. The ladies quickly crowded on just one guy. line to save people he doesn’t
same time period, construction, looked at the numbers ﬁve to eight around. The ﬁremen then entered Greg Dempster, ﬁreﬁghter and know.
retail and wholesale trade have seen years ago. We need to be better at the stage to show off their choreo- Mr. June, says the best part of the “We risk a lot.”
a signiﬁcant growth,” according to crystal-balling. The government graphed dance moves to a mix of show was the energetic crowd. The night ended with several
the Niagara Workforce Planning is reacting now, rather than being songs. “They are what make this pos- happy women dancing together
Board brief. proactive.” Women from ages 20 to 40 sible.” This is Dempster’s second enjoying the sounds 351 Cleveland
The night was based on the ﬁrst “The changing labour market screamed and took pictures of the year participating in the calendar covering many popular songs.
of three briefs done on the changing has become a signiﬁcant chal- ﬁremen as the gents ripped their event. Janna Postill says, “Every girl
economic structure of Niagara. lenge facing many communi- T-shirts off. Jacqueline Shaver “The best part of being a ﬁre- has that ﬁreﬁghter fantasy and, to-
The ﬁrst brief showed Niagara’s ties across Ontario and beyond. of St. Catharines and Tia Cinello man is the guys you work with. We night everyone got a preview of it.”
diversity in its economy. It has The Niagara Workforce Plan-
proven that Niagara is changing, ning Board (NWPB) works at
not only in its economic base but
also in its businesses. Niagara is
seeing more employment opportu-
the grassroots level to identify
workforce issues relating to the
local economy and provides col-
First and second chance for students
nities in smaller and medium-sized laborative solutions by engaging By KRISTEN SPRUIT Child and Youth Worker student, authority is a challenge because
businesses rather than big compa- stakeholders and working with Staff Writer is completing her field placement they don’t really like or trust any-
nies. partners,” said Employment On- Not everyone gets a second at the First Chance program in one anyways, so it can be hard to
Statistics show that half of all tario.
businesses in Niagara are owner chance, but a regional alternative Welland. maintain a level of respect due to
NWPB is an unbiased and neu-
operated, and more than 97 per tral organization. The local boards education program is giving high Stanton says she helps the stu- the closeness in age.”
cent have fewer than 50 employees. are funded through the Ministry of school students a first and second dents with their schoolwork and Stanton says she chose to become
“We have traditionally thought of Training, College and Universities. one. supports them if they need to talk. a child and youth worker because
The First and Second Chance “We provide them with a safe of a sometimes troubled past.
PR students conduct survey program, operated and funded by
the District School Board of Niag-
environment. The students may
have problems with kids in school
“I have been through a lot of hard
times in my life and I had a lot of
ara, provides an alternate learn- or have family issues. Drugs, alco- people who were there to help me,
about Niagara News ing environment for high school
students at risk of disengagement
hol and sex are common problems.
“The students need 100 per cent
so I want to be there to help kids
through hard situations.”
By LINDSAY COSTELLO the survey online. A face-to-face from school. structure, which they don’t have at
Staff Writer one will also be conducted in com- Ania Jesionka, a teacher at the home.”
Survey says… mon areas of the college for those First Chance program at Centenni- Stanton says the students can
Students of the Public Relations who missed out. al High School in Welland, works benefit greatly from the program,
Graduate Certiﬁcate program are She says the survey is a “great with youths aged 14 and 15 in an but attendance and tardiness are
conducting a survey as part of their learning tool” for Niagara News effort to eventually integrate them huge issues.
marketing research class. and the marketing research class. back into a regular high school set- “A challenge working with older
This year’s survey is centred on Area newspapers will also look
ting. Students with less than four students is they are not as open
Niagara News and the best method at the compiled data.
of delivering the news. The aim is Camus says the survey is “so credits are referred to this program as younger students,” says Stan-
to answer the question, “What do important.” from their regular high school. ton. “You need to have a good
readers’ want?” She says methods of news deliv- “This program provides kids that rapport and to be able to relate to
A survey is part of the curriculum ery should be considered because have attendance issues, medical them.”
and is done each year. Previous this generation is the “web gen- issues or need an alternate setting Kathie LeBlanc, program assistant
survey topics include the cafeteria eration” and is likely to get their a comfortable environment to learn for the Child and Youth Worker
and the gym facilities. news from the Internet or from in.” program here, says she places col-
Linda Camus, who teaches the social media. Jesionka says the program is self- lege students in field placements at
class, says there are ﬁve surveys “The whole landscape of news- driven as students work at their agencies where the students will Brittany Stanton, 21, of
being conducted. papers has changed.” own pace in subjects for which Gananoque is a third-year
experience children at risk.
One version will be distributed Camus says the biggest obstacle student in the Child and Youth
they risk not receiving credits. “The students get experience w
to ﬁrst-year students and another is getting participation from the Worker program. She is doing her
will be given to returning students. students. She says the surveys are “There is such a diversity in the orking with youth … and can apply
program. There is a small number the theories they have learned in placement with the First Chance
Niagara College staff and faculty short and will only take a few min- program at Centennial High
will receive a survey via email. utes to complete. of students but a high level of the classroom.
need.” School in Welland.
There will also be several focus To take the online survey, visit “Having the [First Chance] kids
groups and an opportunity to take www.niagaracollege.ca/survey. Brittany Stanton, 21, a third-year look at the [college] students with Photo by Kristen Spruit
Oct. 22, 2010 NIAGARA NEWS Page 11
A Wonderland staff member terrifies passersby during the Halloween Haunt. The event is held during October at Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto.
Photo by Sabine Dunac
NC students terrified at Halloween Haunt
By SABINE DUNAC Wonderland’s parking lot. is awesome.” You get to the top love amusement parks,” says Roth. Wonderland passes. SAC funding
Staff Writer Wonderland’s staff, dressed as and then you go down and you’re, Students paid $20 for the trip, is the reason students receive such
Students endured a night of ter- night creatures, frightened stu- like, ‘Why did I get on here? Oh which is a “really good deal,” says a great deal on the tickets.
ror at Canada’s Wonderland Haunt dents. Roth says the actors were my God.’” Glenn Murray, logistics manager Roth says she would “defi-
in Toronto recently, all at the invi- scary when they would “come up “It’s such a adrenaline rush,” of SAC. SAC funded the other half nitely recommend” another trip
tation of the Student Administra- to you and creep you out. says Roth. of the trip for about $1,080. SAC to the amusement park next
tive Council. “I love being scared and I just “It was awesome. I would do it a funding went towards the bus for year when it reopens for a new
Samantha Roth, 19, SAC direc- had a great time.” million times again,” says Horrell. students going to Wonderland and season.
tor of campaigns and trip supervi- Magdish says, “I don’t even Roth says she received positive
sor, checked off 56 students on the know where to begin. A vampire feedback from students. She says
list as the bus left Niagara College and a crazy woman cornered me students “met up with people from
at 4:30 p.m. last Friday. Shortly and I got attacked.” different schools and different cit-
afterwards, it picked up more stu- Roth says it was her ﬁrst time ies. They had an all-around good
dents and Lindsay Maki, another going to the haunted wonderland. time.”
supervisor and SAC member, at “I love any kind of ride. I will go “I wanted to go every year but
the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. on anything.” I just hadn’t gotten around to it,
The full busload of students was Magdish and Mark Horrell, 22, and now I feel good about it,” says
chatting away in excitement about in his last year of the Broadcast- Magdish.
Wonderland’s rides. ing – Radio, Television and Film “I was deﬁnitely the ﬁrst one to
Dakota Magdish, 19, who is in program, agreed their favourite raise my hand to supervise this trip.
Police Foundations, says students was the Behemoth. It was me against another member
were excited as evidenced by the “You go up and you’re all excit- on SAC and I just really felt that I
chorus of “Yeah!” when the bus hit ed. You’re, like, “Yeah, yeah, this needed to go on this trip because I Dawn of the Dead meets the Exorcist.
Photo by Sabine Dunac
Haunted houses in Niagara region de-spooked
By SARAH FERGUSON Tunnel, and the members also go are angry, sad or depressed. You Podvorac says the point of his The psychic says there have
Staff Writer into private homes. just treat [the ghost] like a normal group is to help people, not to been a few instances where she
We’ve all likely had feelings of Podvorac says they “try to help person, with respect.” take advantage. has “coached ghosts over to the
uneasiness, or our hair has stood anyone who is concerned,” but “We go in with a ton of equip- “Charging money is a complete light,” but has never encountered
up on the back of our necks. there are no real ghost experts. ment. A lot of the times the equip- scam. If someone charges you anything “too bad.”
From Fort Erie to Welland and “There is so much unknown. The ment is ridiculous. We don’t know 100 dollars to walk through your One thing the psychic medium
across the rest of the Niagara biggest problem is fear drives if it works. We try to use as much house, and then another 100 to and Podvorac agree on is that
region, there are places allegedly [people] to do silly things.” common sense as possible.” make [the spirit] go away, they there is a lot of local history in
haunted by ghosts. The question The Shadows Project members “A lot of it is trial and error.” are lying to you.” the Niagara region, making it a
to ask is “Is it real?” will go into a home and “experi- Podvorac uses voice recorders Podvorac does not want to be prime spot for possible haunting.
Elvis Podvorac works with ence what the homeowners expe- to capture what he says might be confused with a psychic. “We are “Historically, [the Niagara re-
a group called The Shadows rience,” and they tell them what evidence. “Even this is not 100 not psychics. They’re very bogus gion] is quite a battleﬁeld.” The
Project based in the Thorold and they think it might be, even if it per cent concrete.” and it brings out bad imagery.” psychic says some ghosts haven’t
Hamilton area. Podvorac says he just a draft from a window. “You have to be your own big- A local psychic medium (who fully transitioned yet, and some
became interested in investigat- If there is something there, gest sceptic. A lot of it you can’t does not want her name known) of them are happy just being here.
ing paranormal activity ﬁve years Podvorac advises treating the trust and you have to look at says that spirits do exist, good “A lot of times, hauntings are
ago when he came across a group spirit as any other person, even everything rationally. You can’t and evil. “Psychic mediums act exaggerated. It’s not enough some-
that later “folded.” He wanted to by giving it a name “to help re- impose and you can’t go in with a as the intermediary between the one is murdered. That makes a
continue investigating and that move the fear.” preconception.” spirit world and ours.” great ghost story.” Podvorac says
is when The Shadows Project Podvorac says he has never en- Podvorac says he can sense The psychic describes what she people just don’t know what is re-
began. countered a malicious or demonic a presence or have feelings that does as having an openness to let ally there.
There are two types of inves- spirit, but he can sense how the someone is there. spirits in. For more information on The
tigations, says Podvorac. The spirit might be feeling. “We’re capable of picking up “During a psychic reading, by Shadows Project and their inves-
Shadows Project investigates “It’s like when you walk up to on ghost energy. We trust our gut raising our vibrations we are able tigations, visit http://theshadow-
locations, like the Screaming a person. You can sense if they more than most people.” to channel their energy.” sproject.com.
Page 12 NIAGARA NEWS - OCT. 22, 2010 Page 13
By KIMBERLY SMITH
As you stroll the hallways of the hospi-
tality building at the Niagara-on-the-Lake
campus, your nose instantly recognizes
where you are: the Culinary Institute.
The busy labs are ﬁlled with students
in matching white chef jackets, which
are now laundered for them giving them
one less thing to worry about. They are
learning the proper techniques to use in
New this year is an all stainless steel
multi-purpose lab that features a fridge
and oven at each station, a food dryer and
temperature control for the room. The lab
was built to keep moving forward with
The dining room was also revamped
and has been renamed Benchmark.
Each Tuesday night they will be offering
a $10 student dinner where a new theme is
chosen weekly for the three-course meal.
Pasta and Mexican were used in the past
weeks and the third in the series will be
Tuesday, Oct. 26, with a country chicken
ABOVE: Chef professor Kyle Landry demonstrates for students how to cook that week’s assignment. Students
follow along by watching him and the TV screens mounted on the front wall.
BOTTOM RIGHT: First-year students work at two-person stations to complete their dish. Other than the food
being cooked properly, presentation also plays an important role in grading.
TOP RIGHT: Chef professor David Gibson samples his student's rice dishes. Grades are presented based on
timing, taste and presentation.
Photos by Kimberly Smith
Page 14 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
By KRISTEN SPRUIT
Mayor Brian McMullan, Ma-
son Homes owner Gord Mason,
company sponsors and more than
70 volunteers attended the Spon-
sor and Volunteer Recognition
event Oct. 15 in celebration of the
completion of the Build for Kids
The sales proceeds of this fund-
raising project will beneﬁt the Big
Brothers Big Sisters agencies of
the Niagara region.
On Chicory Crescent in St.
Catharines, the house is a three-
bedroom, three-bathroom, Green
for Life – Energy Star home with
hardwood ﬂoors, a gas ﬁreplace
and a maple kitchen with granite
The Build for Kids Sake Home, on Chicory Crescent in St. Catharines, held its Volunteer and Sponsor Appreciation event Oct. 15 and showcased
the recently completed house.
Photos by Kristen Spruit
A house built full of love have the
New home to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters house
By KRISTEN SPRUIT eﬁt the Niagara-region agencies. Sarah Stone, a ﬁrst-year Police ing because there was so much
Build for Kids Sake would make
The lot, on Chicory Crescent
in St. Catharines, was donated
Foundations student at Niagara
College, has volunteered more than
work to be done in such a short
time, but it’s been incredible seeing
Ty Pennington proud. by Mason Homes, along with the 18 hours at the home in the past the whole thing come together.” — Frank VanDerHeyden
A project initiated by Mason plans. The foundation was poured week and says she helps wherever Margaret Ridler is the board
Homes, Build for Kids Sake will and the building began on Sept. 24, she is needed. director for the St. Catharines’ Big
beneﬁt the three Big Brother Big and work continued around-the- “I ﬁgured it [the project] is some- Brothers Big Sisters agency and
Sisters agencies of South Niagara: clock until Oct. 3. thing to be a part of because you she is also a volunteer at the build- Frank VanDerHeyden, a site su-
St. Catharines-Thorold and district; “Without people’s time and ser- don’t usually get the opportunity to ing site. perintendent with Mason Holmes
Greater Fort Erie; and Grimsby, vices and companies donating ma- build a house in 10 days. “It’s terriﬁc to see walls go up who oversaw the site and construc-
Lincoln and West Lincoln. terials and supplies, this would not “I like getting involved with the and roofs go on. And, of course, it’s tion, says 96 per cent of the house
Mike Leone, chair of Build for have been possible,” says Leone. community and having the op- for the community and to see this was donated, including the lot,
Kids Sake and board director of “The goal was to have the home portunity to meet new people. And all go back to the kids is amazing.” which is the most expensive piece
the South Niagara Big Brother Big built as close to completely do- I guess I like giving back to your The funds raised will support of property in the subdivision.
Sisters agency, says the project nated as possible.” community and teaching the next youth mentoring programs, either “It feels great to have the house
can be compared with the popular The construction is being done generation how important it is.” to maintain existing relationships ﬁnished. I’m tired. It is an exhaust-
Extreme Make-over Home Edition by trained professionals who are Pauline Wilts is a fund-developer between “Bigs” and “Littles,” or to ing procedure. For the time and the
TV show. volunteering their time and by at the Grimsby Big Brothers Big recruit and form new ones. calibre of this project, it’s a ﬁrst.”
Instead of renovating a home, more than 100 volunteers from Sisters agency. She says everyone “Our biggest thing is we want to Mike Leone, chair member for
a new 2,200-square-foot Energy the community who have worked on the project has been really good give back to the community. the Build For Kids Sake project
Star, two-storey home will be built in registration, construction clean- about providing his or her different “We are expecting this to be a and Big Brothers Big Sisters board
in 10 days with 100 per cent of the up, security and provision of food talents and services. good fundraiser for us,” says Le- member, says open houses will
proceeds of the sale going to ben- services. “At ﬁrst the task seemed daunt- one. begin soon as they expect a 30- to
60-day closing on the sale.
“We want to sell it at a fair mar-
The house, being sold by the
Mason Home sales ofﬁce, is worth
well over $360,000, but is priced
to sell at $320,000. Leone says the
project had about $15,000 worth
of out-of-pocket costs, including
about $11,000 worth of lumber,
which will be deducted from sale
monies. The rest of the proceeds
will go to the Big Brothers Big
Sisters agencies of Niagara.
“I’m ecstatic as to what has been
accomplished. Everyone who has
been part of this project has made
it possible and has beneﬁted chil-
dren in ways they don’t know they
Volunteers at the Build for Kids Sake project work at the site on Oct. Volunteers and Big Brothers Big Sisters board members are excited have.
3 doing construction clean-up. From left to right are Margaret Ridler, about the completion of the Build for Kids Sake house in St. Catharines “It’s not just a house, it’s a
Pauline Wilts and Sarah Stone. and the prospect of selling it. home,” says Leone.
Oct. 22, 2010 NIAGARA NEWS Page 15
Flea market art comes to St. Catharines
By SARAH FERGUSON a lot of work, says Cosby. “The
Staff Writer women who did needlepoint were
On a cold, rainy Sunday, not given enough recognition.”
a mirror glance into a fancy She says there is a lot of textiles
European art gallery opened used today, such as in T-shirts or
in the least likely of places. punk rock that stem from needle-
Lights, cameras and two artists point.”
make it seem like a real art gallery “Art can be viewed as clutter,”
experience. says Elliott.
In a little corner in the Fac- “Art’s usefulness is only useful
tory Outlet Flea Market at 46 in the eyes of the beholder.” He
Turner Cres. sits the Niagara says art doesn’t need to be cre-
Hermitage, which opened Oct. 3. ated by a famous artist, but rather
Rob Elliott and Christine Cosby, it can be done by an average Joe
of Toronto, have set up a little art and still have the same effect on
gallery with yellow wallpaper, a person.
lights and cameras to resemble Established by the Niagara Art-
the St. Petersburg Hermitage art ists Centre, the little art gallery in
gallery. the ﬂea market will feature other
The artwork on display is things local artists from the Niagara Re-
they have gathered through their gion.
travels or used in other art proj- “Rob and Christine were gra-
ects, such as needlepoint, serving cious enough to be the ﬁrst guinea
trays and even a singing bass head. pigs,” says Stephen Remus,
The point of the art gal- NAC’s minister of energy, minds
lery, according to the pair, is and resources.The space for the
so people don’t have to travel Niagara Hermitage was donated
to big fancy art galleries to by the ﬂea market owners, Kelly
have an appreciation for art. Foote and Scott Sweitzer.
Cosby says the gallery is The exhibit will run every
meant “to explore every- Sunday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. until
day art people can afford.” Christine Cosby and Rob Elliott are the first artists to display their work in a flea market in St. Catharines. The Christmas.
People were very interested in the art display is modeled after a famous museum in Russia. Visit Cosby and Elliott’s web-
art in the Niagara Hermitage. Photo by Sarah Ferguson site at swzzlefoundations.ca/ to
“Is that for sale?” one of the ﬂea see the artwork that was on dis-
market goers asks, referring to a but they are quick to reassure galleries of Europe by simply ably ﬁnd in the ﬂea market.” play or visit The NAC at nac.org
large needlepoint poster of dogs the fellow that he can ﬁnd some- walking into the ﬂea market,” There was a lot of needlework to ﬁnd out more information on
playing poker. thing similar in the ﬂea market. says Elliott because “anything display by Cosby and Elliott. the artists who will display their
“No,” says Elliott and Cosby, “You can experience the art you see here you could prob- Needlepoint is a ﬁne art that takes work in the ﬂea market.
It’s never too late to go back Health programs most popular
College is always there for those who need it By GENESIS FALCON
Bob Hann, director of enrolment
says, “That is difﬁcult to predict.
We are strict with all the programs
because sometimes some programs
By KRISTEN SPRUIT works at a factory (Casco) in Port and registration services knows have other requirements like inter-
Staff Writer Colborne and says she is upgrading which are the most demanding views or other tests. It depends on
As the saying goes, it is never her courses because she would like programs at Niagara College. the program. Admissions are really
too late to learn something new. to become an educational assistant Hann says most of the pro- competitive in programs like Para-
The Literacy and Basic Skills in recreational therapy. grams that began in fall are full medic and Dental Hygiene.
program, offered at both of Ni- “I just want a different job be- with the most demand being the Hann says that having good
agara College’s campuses, is free cause it’s [my current job] hard on ones that have to do with health, facilities is important because
for adults who do not have a high your body and to be able do some- in this case, Dental Hygiene it builds a good reputation for
school diploma or who have been thing different.” and Paramedic. Other programs the college, which he hopes will
out of school for a long time and “I enjoy learning different things that have high demand are all bring more attention for the future
would like to upgrade their skills or I haven’t done since high school in those that have to do with media students. The college receives
learn new ones. ‘93.” studies, such as Broadcasting — 25,000 applications and 13,708
Nancy Mozina, an instructor at The program is based on nine es- Radio, Television and Film and applicants, although students can
the college, says the program al- sential skills developed by Human Journalism. “Those are popular,” apply for more than one program
lows for students to gain entrance Resources Development Canada says Hann. during the admission process.
into post-secondary school in a in conjunction with the business He says business graduate certif- Emmanuel Songue, 20, from
program of their choice, or to train community. icates are popular, too. Hann says Toronto, is taking Business – Sales
for a new job. The list includes nine skills there are programs that ﬁt people and Marketing at the Niagara-on-
Tuition fees and material costs employees must have in order to who want to return to school – in the-Lake (NOTL) campus. He says
are paid for the Ministry of Train- be successful in the workplace: many cases, parents – and those are he always wanted to work in the
ing, Colleges and Universities, and problem solving, reading, writing, pretty popular too. business ﬁeld and have his own
support allowances can be made Nancy Mozina, an instructor in the thinking, communication, math, As to why he thinks these pro- business.
for adults needing assistance with Literacy and Basic Skills program, computer and document use skills, grams are so attractive, he says Songue chose Niagara College
transportation and child care costs. has been teaching at the college and the ability to work with others. that health involves an aging because he wanted to ﬁnd a place
Students in the program also have since 1988. Mozina says one of the great population so health services and away from his hometown. He says
access to textbooks and to the col- things about the program is there prevention services are always he likes his program.
lege library and gym. Photo by Kristen Spruit are different levels, so students needed. The media studies are “Yes, it gives me many perspec-
“It’s a really beneﬁcial [program] don’t need to learn things they traditionally popular. tives on what is expected in the
because it gets students who’ve Jessi Kovats, 28, of Fort Erie, already know or feel intimidated “Programs like Journalism business ﬁeld.” Songue adds that
been out of school back into school worked as a Personal Support because they are behind. have a public value,” says Hann. it teaches him about other things
routines. Worker for eight years and says Adults can enrol at any time as “The programs that have to that would put him ahead of the
“And it’s free – that’s the magic she is hoping to upgrade to either the program is based on a continu- do with environment are also curve.
word.” a registered nurse or a paramedic. ous intake. Students can therefore popular and get full, as do the Songue says the admission pro-
Jeffery Powe, 20, of Oakville, “I have my Grade 12 but my take only courses they need and programs that have to do with cess was pretty easy.
says he is taking the course to get marks are poor, so I’m bringing my work in a supportive environment technology.” “My program is not so com-
credits in math and English so he marks up so I have a better chance at their own pace. Heading up the newer offerings, petitive, compared to others like
can take the Landscape and Design at entering school.” Applicants interested in the he says is the Brewmaster and Journalism.”
program. Kovats says she wants to switch program can contact the Literacy Brewery Operations Management. As for his program, he says, “Yes,
“It is a great program for upgrad- trades because she is curious about and Basic Skills reception. Call “It has high demand,” says Hann. I would deﬁnitely recommend it.
ing in a non-threatening environ- learning more in a new ﬁeld. 905-641-2252 ext. 4418 for more Academic requirements inﬂu- It’s a great thing to learn and be
ment.” Carol Sider, 35, of Wainﬂeet, information. ence the higher demand. Hann aware of how business works.”
Page 16 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
You should care about the Board of Governors
be deﬁned as the laws under which
By JESSE CARTER an organization is governed and
Staff Writer the decision-making structures it
Who are the Niagara College employs.
board of governors? What do they “The authority to establish col-
do? How can they affect you? And, leges of applied arts and technolo-
most important, why should you gy is set out in the Ontario Colleges
care? of Applied Arts and Technology
“The board is made up of indi- Act, 2002. The Act identiﬁes each
viduals who are responsible for college as a corporation without
deﬁning the role and mission of share capital and with a board of
the college and thereby setting the governors under the authority of
strategic directions for the college the Corporations Act. The board of
to achieve,” says Dan Patterson, governors governs each college on
Niagara College President. behalf of the public.”
According to the Ontario Min- The province of Ontario says the
istry of Training, Universities board is set at no less than 12 and
and Colleges, this role includes no more than 20 members to be ap-
approval of the plans for the new pointed and the college president is
developments around campus and still a voting member. The Niagara
what goes in to ﬁlling the facilities. College Board was established in
It states the board is a governing 1967 and is made up of 17 mem-
board, not a management board. bers, which includes three internal
This means the board leaves the staff members and student Grant
“day-to-day” to Patterson and only Dalton, 28, of the Niagara-on-the-
focuses on the overall operation, Lake campus, as the only student During the first board meeting on Oct. 17 topics ranging from the Master Plan update to new funding
formulas were discussed. All took place after a tour of the new grounds. Photo by Jesse Carter
just as a corporation leaves the representative.
president to run the company, while External governors are ap- board members were nominated to the board is a positive guide for the and Salon Studies or Digital Pho-
the chief executive ofﬁcer follows pointed, whereas the internal gov- the college for approval. Now, one- school. tography program, be sure to pass
up on the direction the company is ernors are elected by their peers. third of external Governors will be “[The board is the] overarching on thanks through your president.
heading in. A support staff rep is elected by appointed and two-thirds by each body for good governance,” says Patterson, says that the key for
The board of governors is a all members of the support staff college board of governors. The Len Crispino, chairman of Niagara students to understand is the board
group of individuals, unpaid, who group. The academic staff rep is term for both external and internal College’s board of governors. assigns the staff of the college with
devote their “time, knowledge and elected by all members of the aca- is three years. Crispino also says the interests the jobs of ensuring quality of the
expertise” says Kim Rose, execu- demic staff group. The admin staff Each board will establish by- of the students are served even
programs and services that are
tive assistant to the president and rep is elected by all members of the laws setting out the total members though governors are not a day-
board of governors. admin staff group, and the student of governors to be appointed. to-day force at the school. He says delivered to the students. He says
Just as the board establishes the rep is elected by students during Roles in Ontario include approving they are totally committed to “ap- in this way the “main interface” is
goals for the college, its criteria are the student administrative council policy directions, hiring the presi- plied dreams” and that the needs of still between students and staff.
set by the province in the ministry’s elections each year. dent, evaluating the president, col- the students are met. The board meets six times a
governance and accountability The process for appointing ex- lege budgets and representing the According to Rose, all programs year, including a two-day retreat.
framework legislation. The legisla- ternal governors changed on Oct. college to the community with a go through the board’s choice. The The meetings range from one hour
tion also states: “Governance may 1, 2010. Until recently, external single and united voice; in a sense, next time you are enjoying the Spa to three, depending on the agenda.
Civilian hopes to turn sheep into sheepdogs
By SAM CINO mocracy or a republic such as ours. He says he has some T-shirts You can ﬁnd Dungey on www.
Staff Writer “Still, the sheepdog disturbs the and Velcro patches coming in the civiliansheepdog.com under the
What is in your pockets right sheep. He is a constant reminder near future and will possibly have username “youonlywish.”
now to help you survive? that there are wolves in the land. a free item giveaway once the site “Preparation leads to preserva-
Billy Dungey is looking to ad- They would prefer that he didn’t reaches 100 members. tion.”
dress that question with his new tell them where to go, or give them THANK YOU
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com. It is aimed at helping the much rather have the sheepdog THANK YOU
everyday person with survivability cash in his fangs, spray paint THANK YOU
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and ﬁrst aid, building a “bug-out” the wolf shows up. Then the entire
bag which would be used if you ﬂock tries desperately to hide be- THANK YOU
have an extended power outage
and need your own supplies for
hind one lonely sheepdog.”
Dungey says civilian sheep-
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200-lumen [very bright] ﬂashlight helper’ or those people who choose
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Oct. 22, 2010 NIAGARA NEWS Page 17
Chandler collects faculty award of excellence
By ANTON MWEWA “I could cry at the thoughts of
Staff Writer getting it,” she says, tearing up
Meeting someone truly re- slightly.
markable doesn’t happen very “It’s such a nice feeling … I
often. Meeting Betty Ann Chan- don’t know how they choose one
dler from the English as a Second person because there are so many
Language (ESL) department at who deserve this.”
Niagara College is one of those Vandeboom says she was thrilled
rare cases. about Chandler’s win.
Finding a place to start describ- “She is so deserving of this
ing Chandler is a daunting task. For award, and we are all so pleased
those who may not know, Chandler for her.”
is a professor of ESL at Niagara Along with a plaque to com-
College’s Welland campus. memorate her achievement, Chan-
She is the winner of this year’s dler received a reserved parking
faculty Award of Excellence, spot for an entire year, a valuable
which is no mere feat. commodity in the midst of the col-
Chandler, 61, grew up on a farm lege’s parking crisis.
near the town of Jarvis, Ont. However, Chandler auctioned
She has been married to her hus- off the parking space and donated
band, Ricky, a paramedic, for 39 the proceeds to the United Way,
years, and together they have two just another way she is helping the
children and four grandchildren. community.
Had Chandler been just another Chandler says the award has
person here at the college, her de- been a crowning moment in her
scription would end there, but she life and emphasizes how much her
is hardly “just another person.” nominators and the entire Interna-
In contrast to what she does to- tional Department mean to her.
day, Chandler started her career as “They are all so special to me –
a nurse at an intensive care unit in with or without the award!”
St. Catharines. Betty Ann Chandler poses with her reserved parking sign outside the International Department. She then With all she has achieved so far,
It was during this period of auctioned off the sign and all of the proceeds went the United Way. one would assume there is only
her life that she came to Niagara Photo by Anton Mwewa more to come, and Chandler shows
College and taught nursing for 13 Staying true to that sentiment, the Middle East where she taught only ones who feel that way. Ear- no outward signs of slowing down.
years. Chandler went back to school at a program at a Saudi hospital; Tai- lier last year, two other ESL profes- In reality, though, she and her hus-
When the nursing program that Humber College in Toronto and wan, where she went on recruiting sors put in their nomination for the band have begun contemplating
employed her was shut down, earned the Teaching English as a trips; and Germany and Korea, college’s Award of Excellence. the possibility of retiring.
Chandler found herself out of luck Second Language (TESL) certiﬁ- where she visited her past home- Susan Vandenboom and Lynn “We haven’t made the deﬁnite
and out of a job. cation, a prerequisite to teach ESL. stay students. Otto wrote a nomination letter decision to retire but we have to at
“The closing of my nursing She says the entire process wasn’t “Students whom I’ve taught putting forth Chandler’s name and some point,” she says. “I’d hate to
program was a bad thing for me,” easy. here helped me over there,” says outlining the reasons they felt she leave but I have to make room for
she says of the experience. “I was “It was not easy to walk through Chandler, showing just how many deserved the award. the young people to come in.”
really sad about that.” that door, but I’m really, really glad friends she has made in her 13 “Betty Ann is the kind of per- Even if she retires, Chandler
However, Chandler didn’t give that I did.” years as an ESL professor. son you’d want to have on your doesn’t plan to do nothing. She
up. She says she had only two Upon acquiring her TESL cer- Joy Jia, 29, a former student of island,” they said in the letter. says she hopes to get into volunteer
options: to go into the “depths of tiﬁcation, Chandler returned to Chandler and now in the employ “She is genuine and sincere in her work in the community and over-
depression” or look for another op- Niagara College’s International of the International Department, praise of others and never lets the seas and to do some travelling.
portunity. Department as a professor of ESL, says her experiences with Chandler accomplishments of her colleagues Much has happened during
She had been hosting interna- a move that has clearly done her a were nothing but fun and interest- go unrecognized.” Chandler’s time at here. Nothing
tional students through the home- lot of good. ing. After 13 years of giving to her has stayed constant except change,
stay program, and she says it was In her time teaching ESL, Chan- “As soon as she walked in the community, her students, and her and Chandler says she is conﬁdent
only ﬁtting that she move to the dler has had the chance to not only classroom it was like, wow,” says college, Chandler received this the change will always be positive.
International Department. interact with several students from Jia, recalling the ﬁrst time she met year’s Award of Excellence in rec- “Under the direction of Sean
“When one door closes, watch all around the world, but also visit Chandler. “She brightened every- ognition of her hard work. Coote [director of the International
for another one to open, and when some of their countries. thing up right away.” She compares it to the likes of Department], I’m sure the depart-
it does, walk through it,” she says. She has visited Saudi Arabia in Chandler’s students are not the winning an Academy Award. ment will ﬂourish.”
Teenage pregnancies draw several different reactions
By BREANNE VARDY gest struggle must be their educa- the right time for children is Bethany Broadbridge, 19, of Brant-
Staff Writer tion and planning for their futures. when you’re stable, ﬁnancially, ford, Ont., had her baby boy at age
With shows on MTV such as 16 “If you ﬁnd out you’re pregnant mentally, and in a relationship. 19. Broadbridge says being preg-
& pregnant and Teen Mom, teen- without planning it’s a different Freda Agyekum, 18, of nant as a teenager wasn’t that bad.
agers may get the courage to have situation, but I don’t approve of Thorold, Ont., says teen preg- “I had graduated high school
a child while they are still children teenagers trying to get pregnant nancy should not be some- and I felt like I had a good head
themselves. at a young age,” says Wisdom. thing a teenager goes through. on my shoulders. I felt responsible
Over the past six years, teen She says young women need to “At that point in life they should enough to become a mother.”
pregnancy in the Niagara region be ﬁnancially stable and be able to be focused on school and build- She was in her ﬁrst semester of
has consistently shown a higher provide a stable home for a baby, ing a future for themselves,” says college when she got pregnant. “It
rate than the rest of the province. and at such a young age it’s very Agyekum adding that someday she was one of the hardest things to
Between 2002 and 2005, Niaga- rare you will have that. would like to have children. deal with because I was pursuing
ra’s teen pregnancy rate decreased. Wisdom says if a women However if she had them my dreams and taking theatre in
In 2002, 34.5 teen p regnancies oc- were pregnant at 18 she would at this age she would have college.”
cured per 1000 females from 15 to be very upset because it would no choice but to take full re- “But I realized that my life
19. In 2005 it was to 29.7. destroy her plans and goals. sponsibility for her actions. path had changed and I needed to
The slight increase was to 30.6 “I would have to have the child “I don’t think teen pregnancy take responsibility of my actions
from 2005 to 2007. This is fol- because it is against my religion should be considered normal, and work to support my baby.”
lowed by a slight decrease in to have an abortion. The majority because it isn’t something society Broadbridge says, surprisingly,
2008 to 29.7. On the other hand, of my friends are teen mothers.” has accepted and it’s not sending her aunts were the only people
Ontario rates had a steady decline “In 2009-2010 teen pregnancy a good message to the younger to tell her that it wasn’t a good
from 2002 to 2008, from 30.6 to rates are high, and it seems they population,” says Agyekum. idea to have a child at her age.
24.5 teen pregnancies per 1000 continue to rise,” says Wisdom. She hopes that teen mothers can “Close friends and family friends Callan Kivell, 19, poses with her
females in the range are 15-19. Although teen pregnancy stay focused, ﬁnish their education, and everyone else I had talked to baby belly at seven months
Tamika Wisdom, 18, of Welland, in the community seems to be and be responsible because they were very supportive.” pregnant.
Ont., says for teen moms the big- accepted now, Wisdom says, have another life to look out for now. Continued on page 18 Submitted photo
Page 18 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
face challenges What is a sexual health worker?
day to day ‘I have a passion for public health and I really enjoy being a part of it’
Continuted from page 17 By BREANNE VARDY
Teen mothers can face a number Staff Writer
of issues throughout pregnancy “Sexual health can be a contro-
making it hard to feel like they versial topic, so my biggest chal-
made the right decision. For lenge is trying to break down bar-
Broadbridge the hardest part was riers and make it something people
not during the pregnancy but after feel comfortable talking about. It is
the child was born. happening: people are having sex.
“The hardest thing was endur- As much as we don’t want to ad-
ing the 35 days that my baby was mit that, it’s important to see it as
in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive something that is happening,” says
Care Unit) after he was born, but Chrissy Diadamo, a sexual health
that would be difﬁcult for a parent promoter for the Niagara Region.
at any age,” says Broadbridge. “I want to make it an OK thing to
Although she is a single mom talk about, and help people protect
it’s difﬁcult to think that the father themselves.”
does not want to be in his life. “I Diadamo, 30, of Beamsville,
took the time to work full time Ont., was born in Niagara Falls
before I gave birth so I’ve been where she attended St. Paul’s High
able to take care of myself and my School.
child.” Diadamo says she attended
“I feel better about doing it on Brock University for her bach-
my own because the other parent elor of arts degree in Community
might not have the same views Health Science.
and I know that myself and my son She says she went to Australia
have a great support system behind to do her master’s degree in Public
us,” she says. Health and Tropical Medicine.
Broadbridge says she plans to While there she tried to contact
return to college to study television Public Health to see if they wanted
broadcast or become a child and any students for placements.
youth worker. Diadamo got a reply saying the
“I look forward to sending my infectious disease program was
son off to school, him living a interested in having students.
happy life and him one day saying She worked for that program
that he is proud of his mom,” says with the health promoter at the Chrissy Diadamo, sexual health promoter for the Niagara Region, speaks out about her career.
Broadbridge. time and they worked on a project Submitted photo
Callan Kivell, 19, of Barrie, together. came to apply for this position, she ted infections.” “I love what I am doing now, so
Ont., says it was very hard to be a While she was in student place- just jumped on it. “I participate in developing se- no regrets but, truthfully, I wanted
teen mother. “I was constantly be- ment, a position came up in the When asked who inﬂuenced her rious campaigns for HPV and the to be a doctor.”
ing judged and I had to work extra Sexual Health program. childhood, she says she does not vaccines that are now available, Diadamo describes herself as
hard,” says Kivell. “But people are “What’s ironic about it all is I think it was anyone in particular. so pamphlet creation, posters, fact passionate.
always judging everything, so at a took human sexuality while I was “Throughout my childhood sheets, gathering the right infor- “When I commit to something,
point I just stopped caring,” says at Brock,” says Diadamo. and adolescence, I got tapped mation for the community to be I try to follow through with it as
Kivell. She says she was 19 when “I was a teaching assistant so on the shoulder by a number of aware.” strongly as I can.”
she had her baby, just out of high I had the background for human adults who engaged me in various “I also establish a target audience She says it makes her love her
school and working. sexuality.” things,” says Diadamo. for a particular subject and develop job because she loves what she is
“It was good to see that certain She says she didn’t always want She was involved in many sports information that is relevant to that trying to teach and promote.
people accepted I was pregnant to be in sexual health. When she camps and leadership camps and audience.” In ﬁve years, she says she hopes
and were nice to me,” says Kivell. ﬁnished her degree, she was not “that really helped me ﬁnd out She says if her audience is at she is still working within public
“Teen pregnancy groups were nice sure what she wanted to do. who I was, along with my beliefs the university level, she partners health.
because everyone there could re- “I was just trying to get my foot and my values. I have a wonderful with another health promoter and “I have a passion for public
late to each other.” She says she in the door of public health and family, a great upbringing. I am they work on a sex and alcohol health and I really enjoy being a
“got lucky” because she is not a understand what public health was very lucky.” campaign. part of it,” says Diadamo.
single mom. at the time.” “Oh gosh, my life. It’s not that “Don’t wake up with more than a She says she would like to have
“I have a wonderful ﬁancé; I “I just knew I loved health. I exciting. I wake up. I walk my hangover” was one campaign that some kids and move ahead if the
can’t imagine how hard it would be loved promoting people to live a dog,” says Diadamo, laughing. was really fun. opportunity arises within public
without him.” healthy lifestyle, so it came down She adds that work varies and ev- “We know that university stu- health.
“My whole world could be to ﬁtting in, even though I wasn’t a ery day is a little bit different. dents are going to participate in “It’s hard to think that far ahead
crashing down, but the minute I nurse or a doctor. How else can I ﬁt “Certain days I could be at a drinking and they are going to par- when I am thinking about what
see my daughter smile all the bad into the health ﬁeld?” community organization doing a ticipate in sex. We just want them I want to do in the next eight
things and worrying go away.” She says when the opportunity presentation on sexually transmit- to be responsible,” says Diadamo. months.”
Don’t let yourself go because of the sleet and snow
By TONY ALTOMARE many students who become less should start a meal plan that is high equipment that is up to date in the possible. Cardiovascular exercises
Staff Writer active once the weather starts to in protein, high in ﬁbre and low in new ﬁtness centre. Everything is are important to keep the heart
It’s that time of year again. The change. fat. The most important thing is very brand new and state of the healthy, so going for a walk or light
leaves are beginning to turn, the staying active. It’s always tough art and very professional,” says jog, weather permitting, will do the
days are shorter, the wind is colder
and snow is on its way. It’s the per-
‘Now that winter in winter, but you can’t stay on the
couch. You need to hit the gym and
Vincent Filice, 22, also a student of
the Fitness and Health Promotion
body good. Just remember to al-
ways bundle up and layer clothing.
fect weather to just grab a blanket,
a few of your favourite snacks and
is coming it’s even keep moving.”
Students attending the Welland
“They have everything from
Ghaly and Filice say students
should take advantage of the new
a movie or two and pack on some
pounds while you hibernate on the
harder to stay in campus have a new and improved
facility to use during the winter
cardio machines such as ellipticals,
bikes and treadmills for those peo-
“It is a lot tougher to focus on
This season you might want
shape ...’ months.
The ﬁtness facility and workout
ple looking to shed some pounds,
to weights for those students who
working out when the weather
starts getting colder. Students at the
to consider avoiding those extra — Chris Ghaly area of the new athletic centre hope to tone up before the next college should really take advan-
unwanted Thanksgiving and other provides free access to enrolled beach season,” says Ghaly. tage of everything the new ﬁtness
holiday dinner pounds by getting Now that winter is coming, it students. For those who can’t make it to room offers.
off the couch and staying active. is even harder to stay in shape so The new ﬁtness room is nearly the gym on a regular basis, there “It’s free, so if you’re in between
Chris Ghaly, 22, of Niagara Falls, students need to focus on their triple the size of the last and con- are always ﬁtness routines to do at classes and just sitting around,
a Fitness and Health Promotion diets. It’s time to lay off the barbe- tains all new equipment readily home. don’t hesitate to head over and
student, says the winter months cue food and start thinking about available to students. Ghaly and Filice recommend do- use the equipment instead of just
can be “cold and discouraging” for everyday food decisions. Students “There are all sorts of new ing pushups, sit-ups and chin-ups if lounging around.”
Oct. 22, 2010 NIAGARA NEWS Page 19
Controversy rose when the referee called a questionable free kick from inside the six-yard box. The Knights’ defence was confused allowing the Mohawk Mountaineers to tie the game.
The Mountaineers would go on to win by a score of 6-4 in extra time.
Photos by Nick Bedard
Knights sent home from playoffs
Mohawk steals tense game in overtime Lady Knights ousted in
By NICK BEDARD
first round of qualifier
ered a dazzling shot that found the In the second half, Niagara
Staff Writer inside corner of the net. wasted no time getting the By NICK BEDARD got a foot on it, but I was going in
It was a rich start that eventually Paterson says, “I wanted to come go-ahead goal when a Patterson Staff Writer the opposite way as she was,” says
elapsed into a poor ending for the out strong, I felt like I owed the cross found Komar Irandost for a It was a match that could have Russell.
Niagara Knights men’s soccer team team something for getting that red hard strike to the back of the net. gone any way for the Niagara Russell, 20, of the Tourism
Tuesday. The Knights squared off card two weeks ago.” Controversy arose mid-way Knights women’s soccer team. Management – Business Develop-
against the Mohawk Mountaineers Another tough break occurred through the second half when The Mohawk Mountaineers ment program, says the team had
of Hamilton, in the ﬁrst round of as a Knights defender attempted to Knights keeper James Draper hosted the Knights Ontario a good start to the season but fell
the Ontario College Athletic Asso- clear the ball out of the penalty box appeared to have controlled the Colleges Athlectic Association apart a little over the mid-way
ciation (OCAA) Western Confer- using his head but it ricocheted off ball, then tried to pick it up but was soccer ﬁrst round playoff action, point of the season.
ence playoffs. his hand resulting in a Mountain- stopped by referee Mike Winstanly. Tuesday. The Mountaineers edged “Our problem was that we
After ﬁnishing regular time at a eers goal via penalty kick. At the “I went to block the ball with my out the Knights by a 2-1 score. couldn’t ﬁnish. We couldn’t score
4-4 draw, the game proceeded into 28-minute mark Jordan Arnott was hands and then played it with my The Knights got off to a great goals. Without goals you can’t re-
silver goal that allows two extra in the right place at the right time feet then picked it up,” says Draper. start. Knights forward Erin ally win games. Now I will look
15-minute periods. Mohawk would for the Knights as he buried a goal “I have been doing this all Jennison broke her scoring draught keep the cardio up for the indoor
capitalize twice in the extra frame, to even the score. Back from inju- season and apparently now it’s not by sniping a shot from just inside soccer season.”
eliminating the Knights from the ry, Knights captain Matt Miedema allowed If I got away with it all the 18-yard mark that found the Scoring was the big issue all
OCAA playoffs with a 6-4 victory. made his presence felt by serving a year, I don’t know why they would bottom left corner of the goal. season for the Knights; in fact, in
“We let this game get away from splendid ball to Paterson allowing wait until the second half of the last It took only two minutes of play eight games the Knights found the
us. It was a case where if we didn’t him to score his second goal of the game to call it. There is nothing we for the Mountaineers to answer back of the net six times.
have bad luck, we’d have no luck night. A late own-goal in the dying can do about it now.” back as Ashley Haden evened First-year player Erin Jennison,
at all,” says Knights head coach seconds of the ﬁrst half allowed the Winstanly awarded Mohawk things up. 18, of the Horticultural and Land-
Anthony Ventresca. Mountaineers to go into the half at with an in-direct free kick six scape Technician program, says
Bad luck was the case for
the Knights once again on
three goals a-piece. yards away from Draper’s goal. A
shocked and un-organized Knights’
‘Without goals despite the loss, she had a lot of fun
with her new teammates through-
Tuesday afternoon, as they had one
unfortunate score on their own
defence watched the ball go past
them and into the goal tying the
you can’t really out the year.
“Tonight we played very well,
goal and a disallowed goal involv-
ing a suspected offside call made
game. The remainder of regular
time solved nothing.
win games.’ but there were times where we
broke down a little bit and should
by linesman John Zetkic. In overtime Adam Bond and — Brittany Russell have picked ourselves up. Other
As the opening kick-off took Adam Petrina of the Mountaineers than that, we should have shot
place, it didn’t take long for the each had a goal to ensure the home Late in the ﬁrst half, the Knights more on net but, really, what can
Mountaineers to ﬁnd the back of team a victory. defenders were caught off guard you do?”
the net. The Mountaineers took a Petrina ﬁnished the game with by a bouncing ball that travelled After starting the season with
1-0 lead within three minutes of three goals, Bond with two and through four Knights defend- three wins and no losses, the
play. Ten minutes later, the Knights Sirwan Irandost chipped in with ers and passed keeper Brittany Knights took a turn for the worse
were awarded a free kick 25 yards one goal for the Mountaineers. Russell, allowing Haden to score dropping four of their next ﬁve
out. Derek Paterson, eager for Knights keeper James Draper They now move on to play Al- her second goal of the night. games. The Knights close out the
redemption after a two game rushes a Mountaineer forward to gonquin College of Ottawa in the “We had three players on one 2010 season with a record of three
suspension, stepped up and deliv- make a save. next round of the OCAA playoffs. of their players and she (Haden) wins, ﬁve losses and one draw.
Disappointing end to regular season of soccer
By BEN CLARKE the Mountaineers. Niagara was but the shot went over the crossbar. In the ﬁrst few minutes a Mo- Mohawk crossbar.
Staff Writer playing a faster pace of soccer in Mohawk would then score on a hawk player collided with Knights With no score at halftime, the
The Niagara Knights women’s the ﬁrst half, which led to a goal controversial offside play before goalkeeper Mike Norsworthy, but Knights and Mountaineers would
soccer team hit a rough patch as by midﬁelder Alexandra Knox. adding another to seal the game there was no foul on the play. exchange goals in the second half.
it concluded its regular season on Strong play by forward Erin Jenni- 3-1. “He was trying to get the ball, Niagara’s goal came from defense-
Oct. 7 at Plymouth Park in Welland. son gave Niagara several chances “We stopped pressuring and let and I thought our goalie could have man Anthony Pesco.
The Knights, who were facing to increase their lead. them get the ball,” says DeChellis. come out harder. Mohawk was In a game that saw a lot of
the Mohawk Mountaineers of The Knights played a conser- “Only having two substitutes also actually asking for a penalty shot emotion and trash talk from the
Hamilton, found themselves on the vative game in the ﬁrst half, not hurt us.” while we were asking for a free Mohawk team, the Knights head
wrong side of a 3-1 score. allowing the Mountaineers any The Niagara Knights men’s kick the other way,” says Knights coach was glad to see his team
“It’s frustrating we gave away quality opportunities to score. soccer team found itself in an head coach Anthony Ventresca. “I didn’t take part in that style of play.
six points in the last two games,” They took a 1-0 lead into halftime. emotional battle to close out the think the ref made the right call in “I’m not a fan of verbal banter. I
said head coach Frank DeChellis. The second half, however, regular season. letting the play carry out with no always stress to our players to have
“We need to play a full game the was a different story. Lack of The Knights played to a 1-1 tie advantage either way.” short-term memory when it comes
way we did in the ﬁrst 25 minutes.” communication gave Mohawk against Mohawk College Moun- In a back and forth game, to frustration and ofﬁciating on the
Things looked promising for an early equalizer. A free kick by taineers of Hamilton on the after- Niagara had key opportunities to ﬁeld. Concentrate on what you’re
the Knights in the early going as defenceman Somer Tambeau gave noon of Oct. 7 at Plymouth Park in get on the scoreboard early with going to do next, rather than what
they gave an offensive push to Niagara a chance to take the lead, Welland. two free kicks that sailed over the has just happened.”
Page 20 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
Going all the way to the NHL
Welland’s own hockey star playing in the major league
By MATT GIBSON “It felt awesome. A good start to
Staff Writer life, it was a lot of money up front.
For two promising 18-year- It forces you to grow up faster.”
olds, this year’s National Hockey One thing he is not planning on
League (NHL) entry draft may growing out of anytime soon is
have seemed like a fairytale. ﬁghting. His mother’s comment
Being drafted into the NHL is a about her concern for her son’s
dream millions of kids across the on-ice ﬁghting was brought to his
globe dream of achieving. The cul- attention. For him the role of the
ture of hockey in Canada is rich but enforcer is nothing more than a
rarely do we see a race to the top as support mechanism for him and his
we did this summer. teammates.
“Taylor or Tyler” is the slogan “I embrace the role. I like stick-
that deﬁned the NHL this summer. ing up for teammates and I got to
Oilers President Daryl Katz may pay the bills.”
admit to the Taylor versus Tyler Paul has not always been a tough
saga as a gift from God in relation guy. In junior he played defence.
to marketing. For a team that had When asked if he had a hockey
one of their worst seasons in fran- hero, he says, “I didn’t really have
chise history, nothing could pick one.” Despite not having a favou-
this team up more than the number rite player, all-star defencemen
1 pick in the entry draft. Chris Pronger and Adam Foote
“This rebuilding team needs an were two players he always had
enthusiastic poster boy as much his eye on. Not Tiger Williams, Tie
as it does a purging of the veteran Domi, or Claude Lemieux?
core. They don’t want him up there “I was a defenceman back then.”
on stage at the Staples Center in Los Many players have deﬁning mo-
Angeles, towering over diminutive ments in their junior careers. Paul
owner Daryl Katz, wearing a smile is no different. “I won a gold medal
so transparent you can see clear with Team Canada at the Under
through it to the Bobby Orr posters 18 World Hockey Championship
in his bedroom,” says Vancouver in Russia.” He mentioned how
Sun reporter Dan Barnes before Chicago Blackhawks defenceman
Hall was selected by the Edmonton Brent Seabrook was on the team,
Oilers in the 2010 NHL entry draft. Paul Bissonnette is shown in action on the ice against the Edmonton Oilers. now an Olympic gold medalist.
Those who follow hockey know Submitted photo Paul did not go No.1 in the entry
how the draft turned out. Hall was “He was 11 and that is when he draft but he understands the hype
selected ﬁrst overall by one of became serious and focused.” behind the Hall versus Seguin saga
hockey’s most legendary teams, A draft day at any level repre- that took place this summer.
the Edmonton Oilers. Seguin was ‘It felt awesome. A senting any sport is an emotional ‘Paul was in “There is not much to talk about
selected second overall by one of roller coaster, a waiting game, and so we’ve got to create drama.”
the original six teams, the Boston good start to life, it to top that all off, a huge sense of hockey at age six He says the NHL has been trying
Bruins. relief. to improve the public relations
To get an idea of how important was a lot of money “The ﬁrst day of the draft was so ... ’ department and this type of promo-
Hall is to the Oilers, Hall was pre- tion and hype assists with that.
sented with an Oilers jersey with up front.’ exciting. We had lots of family and
friends there as well as his agent.” — Yolande Bissonnette He has a Twitter account under
No. 4 on the back. In a report done According to The Hockey News, the name BizNasty2pointO. A
by edmontonoilers.com writer, Jen — Paul Bissonnette Bissonnette was projected to be teammate is responsible for him
Sharpe, Hall’s introduction was a taken on the ﬁrst day of the draft Paul plays professionally in what joining Twitter.
ﬁrst. in the second round, says Yolande. may be the worst hockey market in “Scotty Upshall [Coyotes team-
“For the ﬁrst time in team his- complete. Paul Bissonntte of the “However that did not happen. North America, Phoenix. The team mate] told me it was cool, a lot
tory, someone other than Kevin Phoenix Coyotes is also a Welland- That was a disappointment. It has gone bankrupt and been sold to of fun and to check it out. I pro-
Lowe will wear No. 4.” born NHL player. Drafted by the made day two a bit more stressful. the NHL. moted it on Facebook. I have 4,000
Lowe has been an essential Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth He got picked 121 overall in the The bid to buy the Coyotes by Facebook friends so a bunch of
part of the Oilers organization. round (121st overall) in 2003, Bis- fourth round. How do you spell “BlackBerry Billionaire” Jim Bal- them ended up following. It just
He spent 13 seasons with the club sonnette, 25, is above the others for relief hearing his name called?” sillie was shut down by the NHL kinda caught on ﬁre. Within a few
combining for ﬁve Stanley Cup one reason: No other NHL player Unlike this year’s No. 1 and because of Balsillie’s dedication to weeks I had 6,000 followers. I have
victories. Lowe also brought the has a stronger Niagara College No. 2 overall NHL draft picks, moving the team to Hamilton, Ont. 10,000 now.”
Oilers to the Stanley Cup ﬁnals connection. Bissonnette will not be aiming for Since the rejection of the proposal, Many people around the league
in 2005 as the general manager of Bissonnette’s mother, Yolande, any scoring titles soon. The record the Coyotes remain in major ﬁnan- have been surprised with the popu-
the team against the Carolina Hur- is a Niagara College professor Bissonnette is chasing is a personal cial trouble. larity of BizNasty on Twitter. He
ricanes. The Oilers went on to lose currently on leave. She has been one. The Coyotes’ tough guy is ap- Paul doesn’t seem concerned says he admits to not expecting the
the Stanley Cup in Game 7. Lowe teaching for over 30 years. proaching 1,000 penalty minutes in about the Coyotes’ ﬁnancial issues. support and reception.
has since stepped down from that “I was teaching at Niagara Col- his playing career. Paul says he doesn’t seem to think Yahoo sports writer Sean Leahy
position. lege for 30 years and received my “Bissonnette had over 175 penal- it has much of an impact on any of recently conducted an interview
For Hall and Seguin, this year is 30-year service award at Niagara ty minutes in Wilkes Barrie [Pitts- the players or the team itself. with Paul. The lead is where one
a tryout. Every single eye across Day. The college is the best place to burgh Penguins American Hockey “We don’t care. It doesn’t affect may begin to realize He is not
the league, whether it is manage- work. I taught in the Ofﬁce Admin- League Afﬁliate] so he knows how us. It’s not out money and it’s not your regular money making NHL
ment, players or fans are locked in. istration Department and taught to do this stuff,” says TSN colour our problem. It’s an excuse for the player.
Hall and Seguin are not from the Ethics and Customer Service, analyst Pierre McGuire. team to not do well.” “It’s been a frustrating hockey
Niagara region, but Welland, Ont., Customer Relation Management, Any player who receives 175 Despite being an active member summer for several reasons; but
has produced some NHL calibre Document Formatting and Ofﬁce penalty minutes throughout one of the Phoenix Coyotes’ roster, the bright, shining distraction from
hockey players. Daniel Girardi Environment.” Most parents get a season is nothing shy of a classic Paul was drafted 121 overall by the it all was the Twitter rambling of
of the New York Rangers, Daniel small taste, a sense of what their tough guy, although ﬁghting is not Pittsburgh Penguins. Paul Bissonnnette of the Phoenix
Paille of the Boston Bruins, Nathan children would like to do with their always appealing to everyone. “It was exciting, it was a big Coyotes.”
Horton of the Boston Bruins and careers. This case is no different. “I am hoping that Paul ﬁghts moment, and it’s the ﬁrst step to The Coyotes enforcer made
Matt Ellis of the Buffalo Sabres “Paul was in hockey at age six less this year, a mother’s wish, and your career. At the time Pittsburgh some comments regarding the
are all active NHL players who call and played single A until 11.” shows the type of hockey player he had a very young team and I felt I massive Ilya Kovalchuck contract
Welland their hometown. Yolande says that soon afterwards is. Personally I do not like to see had a really good chance.” He says rejection via Twitter.
Despite this, the list of active Paul was selected to Play “AAA” him ﬁght as I am always worried signing his ﬁrst contract made him
realize how short life really is. Continued on page 21
NHL players from Welland is in- for the Welland Tigers. he will get hurt,” Yolande says.
Oct. 22, 2010 NIAGARA NEWS Page 21
By NICK BEDARD
It’s another hole-in-one season
for the Niagara Knights golf team.
The Knights championship
golf team took the cross-country
ﬂight to Kamloops, B.C. for the
2010 Canadian Colleges Athletic
Association Ping National Cham-
pionships. The CCAA tournament
put a cap to the 2010 golf season
with 105 of Canada’s top collegiate
golfers. The dunes of Kamloops
was the host site for the event.
Niagara Knights golfer Chad
Currie ﬁnished his third and ﬁnal
round at 76 (+4), earning him a
fourth place rank at the national
Niagara Knights player Lamar Grant goes hard into contact for a basket against Centennial College of Scarborough. level. In his ﬁrst two rounds, Cur-
Photo by Kristen Spruit rie shot consecutive rounds of 70
(-2). Going into the ﬁnal round,
Knights heading into season opener Currie was only two strokes back
of leader David Lang of Humber
College of Toronto, who earned the
By NICK BEDARD will be; however, he’s allowing Knights. Sitka and the 6’5” ﬁrst-year player It was a podium sweep for the
Staff Writer his rookies to see some signiﬁcant Grant, 26, a student of the Cus- Kahame Msiska, out of Zambia, Humber Hawks team of Lang,
ﬂoor time off the bench. toms and Immigration program, will be ready to bump bodies Mark Hoffman and Adrian Cord,
The Niagara Knights men’s Atkin says, “They [rookies] says, “We have been struggling down low when their names are ﬁnishing ﬁrst, second and third
basketball team will wrap up its seem to be making progress every with turnovers, but coach is letting called upon to do so. respectively.
pre-season schedule this week- day. I think we have to be patient us learn from our mistakes. If we The Hamilton trio of Jimmy Last year’s CCAA Men’s Golf
end at an invitational exhibi- and support these fellows. They make a mistake, coach is putting Bilenga, Elvis Momat and Dan Champion, Knights’ Chris Hargest
tion tournament hosted by St. are learning a brand new system at trust into us that we know what MacAlonan showed a promising ﬁnished tied for 26th place after
Lawrence College of Kingston. a faster pace than they are used to our mistake is and to play through pre-season when they were on the shooting three consecutive rounds
The Knights have six pre-season seeing in high school.” them, for now.” court together. Bilenga and Mo- of 74 (+4).
games under their belt, having The starting lineup of Alex The issue for the Knights has mat are still in the mix of adapting Niagara’s Ryan Curran ﬁnished
won three games and lost three. Shah, Matt Thomas, C.J. Smith, been ball security. Turnovers have to a new team and style of play, third at the OCAA Golf Champi-
Five of the six games have been captain Lamar Grant and the 6’8” allowed opposing teams to go however there has been some onships in early October. He shot
played against opponents that are freshman centre Dylan Pelissero on key runs. If the Knights can progress made in the last few pre- rounds of 74 (+2), 77 (+5) and 78
outside of the Knights’ Western have caused matchup nightmares establish a solid backcourt press season games. (+6) earning him a tie for 26th spot.
Conference. for opposing teams. Atkin also break, it will eventually turn into If MacAlonan can stay consis- Also placing for the Knights
St. Clair College, of Windsor, showed glimpses of a run ‘n’ gun easy buckets and frustrate other tent with his three-point shot, he was Chris Gardner of the Business
who ﬁnished last season with a style where four guards are on teams. could become the go-to guy for Administration – Professional Golf
record of six wins and 12 losses, the ﬂoor at the same time running Physicality is most certainly Niagara. Management program. Gardner
upset the Knights 75-59 at the opposing teams from baseline to not an issue this year. If the duo The Knights open their regular ﬁnished the tournament tied for
Seneca Sting Invitational earlier baseline. of Pelissero and Shah can stay out season Oct. 27 against the Re- 56th place shooting a 78 (+6), 77
this month. With different players trying of foul trouble, they could be the deemer Royals. Tip-off for that (+5) and 80 (+8).
Head Coach Steve Atkin has different things, Captain Grant most dominant post players in the game is at 8 p.m. at Welland cam- The Niagara Knights ﬁnished
indicated early who his starters says trust is a big thing for the Western Conference. Veteran Jake pus’ new athletic centre. ﬁfth in the country as a team.
Parents backed enforcer all the way
Continued from page 20 know he is only out to make people of life.
“An Ilya Kovalchuk joke gone laugh and to have a good time. Paul “I know we are having money
wrong, after the Russian forward says he has re-opened his Twitter problems, but how are we all go-
had his original contract with the account. ing to ﬁt on that plane.” Almost
New Jersey Devils rejected by Paul is clearly not your ste- every professional hockey player
the NHL, prompted Bissonnette reotypical NHL player. He has a has something to say to those who
to shut things down on his Twitter unique personality and his Twit- have helped them achieve success.
feed,” says Leahy. ter account reﬂects that. Some of If you could say one thing to all
Paul had some words of his own his wall postings include: “Oh, the people who have contributed
regarding the comments on Twit- remember this name. Oliver to your success as a hockey player
ter.” He said his agent thought it Ekman-Larson. This kid is a stud. what would it be?
would be best if he shut down the A Swedish d-man. Makes hockey “I know it’s clichéd but I have
account after he became aware of look easier than minute rice.” to thank my parents. It isn’t cheap
the comments. His agent protect- “Out to eat with @WojtekWolski putting a kid through hockey. It’s a
ing him from any penalty or ﬁne and Taylor Pyatt aka soup of panty. lot of money, it’s a lot of time and
distributed by the league, Paul Pyatt got a veal chop the size of my it’s a lot of effort.
says. head. Biggie.” They have probably spent any-
Paul says the whole thing was If the previous tweets do not where from $60,000 to $80,000
handled poorly. “People are look- conﬁrm Paul’s individuality not on me just for hockey. They could
ing to screw up something ‘cause only in the Coyotes’ locker room have retired a lot earlier but they
they’re bored. Everyone else took but throughout the league, then his didn’t. They didn’t do it because
it as a joke because that is exactly stab at the Coyotes’ ﬁnancial situ- they wanted me to make the NHL.
what it was, a joke” He says if ation should conﬁrm that he likes They did it because they knew it’s
you have seen his tweets then you to keep things on the lighter side what I wanted to do.”
Page 22 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
The Imax experience Theatre group
ready to stage
By CHRISTOPHER FORTIER or not you’d be called back to sing.
Staff Writer And after singing, you’d be called
Auditioning for a theatrical back to read to see who was right
production can be a nerve-racking for what part. It was brutal.”
experience. The story, which follows a line of
How about acting in a produc- 17 actors who are all auditioning to
tion about auditioning for a theatri- be part of the chorus line, has one
cal production? major change from the original.
That’s the premise of the Tony The character of Richie, an Af-
award-winning production of A rican-American male, was changed
Chorus Line, presented by Garden to Ricki, a Caucasian female, be-
City Productions (GCP). It starts cause no African-American men
a limited engagement of nine auditioned, but the story remains
performances at Ridley College’s true to its original premise.
Mandeville Theatre in St. Catha- “The only thing that I wanted
rines from Oct. 23 to Nov. 7. to stay true to was the opening
Directed and choreographed by number because that was a classic.
Brian Vogt, himself an actor of A lot of the stories [in A Chorus
Projectionist Ivan Plamondon cleans out the Imax projector in preparation for another show. many of Garden City Productions Line] are true. It’s brutal, honest
Photo by Christopher Fortier previous casts, is at the helm of and right to the point. It’s a little
one of their productions for the blue once in a while, very different
The reason people prefer Imax ﬁrst time.
This is not Vogt’s ﬁrst foray into
directing, though, and he has held
many roles, including a profes-
for our audiences.”
Vogt says that he’s not nervous
about the production itself.
“I’m nervous for the kids [the
By CHRISTOPHER FORTIER of about six kilometres. better. It’s louder and clearer,” says sional singer, dancer as well as an cast]. I really want them to do well.
Staff Writer “The ﬁlm is so large, that if you Cameron Anderson, 17, an usher at actor for many years. The show is brilliant, I am really
Since the ﬁrst Imax opened at were to ﬁt just the picture portion the Niagara Falls Imax. “It’s [directing] different stress happy with what’s happening, and
Ontario Place in 1971 hundreds of of a 35mm ﬁlm strip on to an Imax The screen at a typical Imax is because I get to paint, and it’s up I think that the audience is going to
Imax features have been played in ﬁlm, you can place nine images also ﬁlled with millions of tiny for me to convey what I am saying go crazy. I really do. Their vocals
the over 500 theatres worldwide. into the space that one Imax image holes, which allow the sound the and for them to do it. are through the roof.”
But what is it about “the Imax ex- would ﬁt,” says Ellis. sub-bass to travel through the Coming on the other side as an ac- Vogt is conﬁdent people who
perience” that makes it so popular? “The reason why the Imax pic- screen without interfering with the tor, it’s a challenge to ﬁgure out what come to see his show are not going
“The image is so large you get ture is so much better is there is picture. With all of the speakers the director is saying,” says Vogt. to be disappointed.
lost in it,” says Chris Ellis, 59, of twice the amount of light getting in the theatre, and the amount of The process to bring A Chorus “They’re going to be pleasantly
Niagara Falls, chief projectionist at through, which makes for a better power used to generate the sound, Line to GCP took a little over a surprised at how professional our
the Imax Theatre in Niagara Falls. picture,” says Ivan Plamondon, 52, you are literally surrounded by year, with the casting process shows are. For those who have
“You are literally surrounded by of Welland, another projectionist at sound, and the demo played be- having been completed in Au- never come out before, I want
the whole image.” Imax Niagara Falls. “The way the fore the ﬁlm demonstrates that gust. Vogt says that he chose the them to walk out of there and un-
The Imax format differs from projector is set up, you essentially deﬁnitively. actors. derstand that they’ve seen a really
standard 35mm ﬁlm used in tradi- see the same frame twice with more But it’s the ﬁlms which make “It was the hardest thing to do. great show.”
tional movie theatres. light, and because of that more light, the Imax experience so popular. Over three days, we casted in A preview performance of A
Ellis says one second of ﬁlm in you get a much clearer picture.” “The reason why Imax ﬁlms August.Usually you’d book an ap- Chorus Line will be shown on
Imax is six feet in length. This al- The screen at a typical Imax are superior is that they’ve taken pointment to do a singing audition Oct. 22. Tickets are $20 or $15 for
lows the image to be transferred to theatre is about 80 feet by 60 feet. the cameras to places that you for the director and the musical students.
a larger screen with more clarity. There are over 40 speakers within can never been, and places you director. Performances are running Friday
Imax Niagara Falls’ ﬁlm, Ni- the theatre, powered by over 12,000 wouldn’t want to go. This way, “Well, I said that the show could to Sunday, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 7.
agara: Miracles, Myths and Magic, watts of digital surround sound. you can experience it, and it’s not be done that way. I need to see Tickets are $25 or $15 for students
from end to end, has a ﬁlm length “The audio experience is way much safer,” says Plamondon. dancers ﬁrst. So, we did two what for all shows.
we call cattle calls on a Friday For more information or to order
night and immediately after each tickets visit gcp.tix.com or call
People learn the magic of Niagara Falls one I cut from the get-go whether 905-682-1353.
By CHRISTOPHER FORTIER I’m on that screen every hour, on
Staff Writer the most-watched Imax movie in
For 34 years, Niagara Falls has Canada.”
been home to one of the world’s Niagara isn’t the only ﬁlm the
500 Imax theatres. Imax plays. During the Christmas
Photo by Christopher Fortier
Built in 1976, the Niagara Falls holidays, the theatre features the
Imax was the 15th to be construct- computer-generated Imax movie
ed, showcasing documentary ﬁlms Santa vs. The Snowman, and from
shot in the Imax format until 1987, time to time other Imax ﬁlms are
when the ﬁlm Niagara: Miracles, featured. Nevertheless, it’s Niagara
Myths and Magic debuted. that people come to see.
Since then, the ﬁlm has played “It’s the only place in Niagara
every day the theatre has operated IRENE DUMELE Falls people can be both entertained
and has become the most-watched and educated,” says Manager of
Imax ﬁlm in Canada. It has been past nine years. Guest Services Clayton Doner, 25,
seen by over 16 million viewers Dumele also has reason to be of Niagara Falls.
worldwide. proud of the ﬁlm. She was an extra “People want to know about the
“The ﬁlm is unique, and most for one of the movie’s key scenes, history of Niagara Falls and about
people are drawn to learn about featuring daredevil the daredevils.” Some of the stars of A Chorus Line are from left at front, Alicia
the history of the falls,” says Irene “The Great Blondin,” who was For more information on Imax Arcangeletti, Rob Burke; at back, Charles Morris, Director Brian Vogt,
Dumele, 60, of Niagara Falls, who the ﬁrst to tightrope over the Ni- Niagara Falls, visit www.Imaxni- Carrie Kirkpatrick, Georgia Schultz, Brady VanVaerenbergh and Stacie
has worked in the National Geo- agara Gorge. agara.com or phone 1-866-405- Primeau.
graphic Store at the Imax for the “It’s absolutely amazing. Gosh, Imax. Photo by Christopher Fortier
Oct. 22, 2010 NIAGARA NEWS Page 23
Reba proves she’s still No. 1
By TONI KARAN of good-looking southern men on Haven’t I Heard From You.
Staff Writer the screens above the stage. Just when you thought McEn-
Reba McEntire, singer, actress To slow things down McEntire tire’s performance was over, she
and Broadway performer, showed sang The Greatest Man I Never came back to the stage riding in
the fans at the HSBC Arena, in Knew, a hit song about her rela- a miniature yellow taxi. Now
Buffalo, N.Y., why she is the ulti- tionship with her father. This tear- wearing a sparkling red dress, she
mate queen of country music. jerker brought out her softer side belts out an encore performance of
Lee Ann Womack kicked the and ended with her wiping the tears Fancy.
show off on Oct. 16 with a half- from her face with a tissue. The acclaimed king of country,
hour performance of No. 1 hits McEntire started her line-up of George Strait, ended the show
from her albums Last Call and duets by bringing Womack back to with a mellower hour and a half
Call Me Crazy. Her signature the stage with Does He Love You. performance. Delivering multiple
song I Hope You Dance was a The tension-building song about hits, Strait made sure to use the
beautiful ballad that had everyone a woman confronting her man’s corners of the square stage while
singing along. mistress created a sing-off between showing the audience the meaning
McEntire’s 90-minute perfor- the two. of honky-tonk.
mance was undoubtedly the most For some comic relief, Melissa Strait’s classic cowboy hat and
memorable part of the evening. Peterman, co-star of the Reba sit- Wrangler jeans and his Ace in
With her use of the entire stage and com, came to the stage acting as the Hole Band had the audience
her wide vocal range, McEntire got if she had one too many drinks. stomping their feet to the rhythm.
everyone out of their seats at one She kept the audience laughing Strait performed both old and
point or another. by somewhat singing along with new songs including Run, Check
She kept the audience enter- McEntire in the show’s theme song Yes Or No and The Breath You
tained by performing more than Survivor. Take.
three decades’ worth of crowd- She ended the duet segment with Although all three perform-
pleasers. While singing I Want a surprise guest Kelly Clarkson. The ers sounded amazing, the night Reba McEntire came back to the stage to sing Fancy as an encore
Cowboy, all of the ladies in the au- two ladies did a couple of duets belongs to the reigning queen of performance at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
dience got a kick out of the display including Because Of You and Why country music. Photo by Toni Karan
Canadian rock band Niagara-based hip-hop trio
tours across the border brings fresh beats to the table
By LINDSAY COSTELLO By CHRISTOPHER FORTIER In this time, the group has de- to his stuff and you can clearly tell
Staff Writer Staff Writer veloped a following for its style of the difference.”
The Show Must Go … to Buf- The rapids of Niagara Falls are music, which the members say is “It’s crazy breath control. It’s
falo. known for fast-moving waters. about everyday life and problems insane,” says Kirby.
Vancouver-based band Hedley is Unbeknownst to most, Niagara or, as Collver says, “stuff that The group is quite relaxed on
headed south of the border in sup- Falls has something else that moves people can relate to.” stage, and, in person, all are pas-
port of its latest release, The Show rapidly, but it’s lyrical. “We take ourselves 100 per cent sionate about their craft.
Must Go. Kris “KaC Himself” Collver, seriously, but serious in what we They credit sites like Facebook
Hedley, which consists of Jacob 33, of Niagara Falls, Luke “Pro- do, as opposed to people who rap as being one of the reasons for their
Hoggard (vocals), Dave Rosin Deuce” Archibald, 25, from about money they want to spend. success.
(lead guitar), Tom MacDonald Niagara Falls and John “K-Flip” We rap about everyday things,” “Facebook is the reason we’ve
(bass) and Chris Crippin (drums) Kirby, 31, of Welland, make up the says Collver. done at least 100 shows,” says
has been touring Canada off and on hip-hop group The Rapidities. “To describe ourselves would Collver.
for the past ﬁve years and is bring- “We didn’t even think about the be like a really fast Bone Thugs All three members use the so-
ing its high-energy live show south meaning behind the name until we [n-Harmony] type thing. We do ev- cial media site to plug upcoming
of the border. got a lot of play,” says Archibald. erything. It’s hard to put a ﬁnger on shows, but the shows they put the
The band drew more than 400 The pair of Collver and Ar- it,” says Archibald. “We rap really most into are charity ones.
fans when it performed at the Town chibald ended up together after fast. Kris [Collver] has the fast- “At least once or twice a month
Ballroom in Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 8 Collver “purchased three beats,” est rhymes in the Niagara region. we do a charity show. People re-
as part of its The Show Must Go from Archibald after Collver said, He goes really fast, no egotistical spect that. The charity ones are fun.
On The Road tour. Hedley front man Jacob Hoggard “I loved what I heard.” They sense about it. You can put any fast No one expects rappers at a charity
Although the venue was packed, rocks out during the band’s Oct. started a dialogue. person beside him and then listen event,” says Archibald.
there were considerably fewer 8 show at the Town Ballroom in At the time, Archibald was in The band prides itself on giving
bodies present compared with Buffalo. The band is touring the another group, Sound Syndicates, a full effort in every show, espe-
the thousands of fans that packed U.S in support of its most recent but they started to do shows along- cially for charity shows.
stadiums across the country on the album, The Show Must Go. side each another. After Collver’s “People ask us to be there, and
spring and fall legs of the tour. Photo by Lindsay Costello partner at the time, Souljan, left to we’re there for a reason. So many
Fans began lining up as early as songs and acoustic songs pleased pursue other interests, Archibald bands will come in 10 minutes
noon for the 8 p.m. general admis- fans of all ages. ﬁlled in a few times. before their set, do their set, wait
sion show. Although the show lacked the “The vibe we had together was 10 minutes then have a [bottle of]
New York natives Colors in the usual set and wardrobe changes incredible. After all the shows, the water and then leave. It sucks,”
Air opened the show, performing that fans are accustomed to, the fans would approach us and be, says Collver.
a handful of songs before the main audience didn’t seem to mind and like, ‘Wow, you guys really feed What’s next for the Rapidities?
attraction hit the stage. the show ran smoothly. off each other, eh?’” says Collver. As they gain more of a following,
The band members brought the The group surprised the audience “I just started doing his backups, Archibald says the band plans
crowd to life with their on-stage when it sang a new song, Colour people recognized it as something on moving outward, doing more
antics and ability to interact with Outside the Lines, which will be good, and we just started going shows in larger areas.
the audience. Fans eagerly clapped included on the U.S. version of The from there,” says Archibald. Collver says that it would be
and sang along during the hour- Show Must Go, to be released on Shortly afterwards they began “cool” if they were able to expand
long set. Dec. 7 on Island Def Jam Records. to write and perform as a duo, and into the U.S.
Hedley’s set consisted mainly of The fan-friendly band took time Kirby later joined as their DJ. “We would love to go out to the
songs from the 2009 release, The after the show to sign autographs Since then, the group has done States, but we would watch who
Show Must Go, but also included and pose for pictures with fans who over 150 shows, 30 of them during we handed deals to. We wouldn’t
familiar favourites such as On My patiently waited. the summer of 2010. want to go for something that won’t
Own and Never Too Late. Hedley will take the tour further “We were doing at least four Kris “Kac Himself” Collver, of The work for us,” says Archibald.
Absent were hit singles Trip, south when the band makes stops shows a week for the longest time, Rapidities, performs during a “We just don’t want to get
Gunnin’ and 321, but the blend in Nevada, Washington, Oregon, some of them two a day,” says recent concert in Niagara Falls. stranded in somewhere like Ari-
of piano ballads, rock-inﬂuenced Utah, Colorado and California. Collver. Photo by Christopher Fortier zona,” says Kirby.
Page 24 NIAGARA NEWS Oct. 22, 2010
Yelawolf’s unique style and flow
Up-and-coming Alabama artist hits Toronto
By SABINE DUNAC Growing up, he was raised by a
Staff Writer 16-year-old single mother. He says
Yelawolf, an up-and-coming it was a “long long road, she was
Alabama rapper, is living under the real rock ‘n’ roll so it took us to a
stage lights. lot of different places. There were
Yelawolf, whose birth name is a lot of different dudes playing
Michael Wayne, performed at the daddy and shit.”
Sound Academy on Sept. 26 in Yelawolf says that living a life-
Toronto. style of sex drugs and rock ‘n’ roll
After reaching over one million at a young age created who he is as
views on Youtube.com from his hit a person.
track Pop the Truck, he received a “Even though it was really hard
deal with Interscope. [and] it was really fucked up times,
“Some videos just really click. there was a lot of good. It helped
That was one video that changed mould who I am now and created
my life. We did something that the artist that I am.”
was from the heart, real and raw His tattoos represent a piece of
and people was really diggin’ that his culture and his story. His box
shit. G-a-d-s-d-e-n, Alabama—it’s Chevy tattoo on his stomach is
a small town and it’s comin’ up.” his “all time favourite vehicle”
Zach Quillen and Joshua Dick representing the ﬁrst serious car
at The Agency Group have been accident he experienced when he
booking shows and tours for many was ﬁve years old.
years and teamed up Yelawolf and Currently he owns two Chevy
Wiz Khalifa for the Waken and vehicles and is going to purchase
Baken tour. another one.
Yelawolf opened up for Wiz “Chevrolet, in general, is an
Khalifa, who is also a known up American, hard-working, 9-5 hus-
and coming rapper in hip-hop. tler’s car. Chevy has been in my
“Wiz spent years building up this family my whole life. My parents
fan base. I’m just happy to be a part [and] grandparents own Chevys, so
of it. I thank him for life. I give it it’s been, like, passed down.”
up for dude for the hard work he The rapper says he’s inspired by
put in. It’s an honour.” artists who were inspired by their
He says the tours are about learn- own life. “They have a personal Yelawolf posing in a photo shoot with Will Power.
ing how to be better and by the end story that they share with people.” Photo courtesy of GoodFellaMedia.com
of the tour he will know much more “Everything that I do is just in- to get where we’re at. We just Chris ‘Linx’ Gutierrez, an artist Yelawolf says that there has been
about performing. “It‘s turning me spired by life.” keep focus[ed] and keep this shit and producer in Toronto, says, “He no such collaboration between the
into a beast.” He says the way an individual in-line.” controlled the crowd, kept his vo- two artists.
The artist carries a unique style dresses is a reﬂection of how a He says his fans really stick. cals clean, [and has a] unique ﬂow. “If it happens, it will happen, but
both through his clothes and his person was raised. “People don’t just like my music After checking him out live I deﬁ- I’m really focused on what’s hap-
tattoos. “It tells a story about where you just because someone else does. nitely became a fan of his music. pening right now. We’ll see where
“This is just the evolution of me. been, who you hang with, what kind My fans, at this point, are, like, He was dope. He [got] the crowd destiny takes us.”
You know, I didn’t always dress of people you were surrounded by, Nah, you don’t know about this hype before Wiz came out.” After ﬁnishing the tour, Yela-
like this or look like this. This is what kind of music you listen to. Yelawolf shit, I’m telling you.’” As for the haters, Yelawolf says, wolf is releasing his album Trunk
who I’ve grown to be.” Wayne says You kinda see all of that. “They’re tryin’ to put people up “They get no energy. I don’t enter- Muzik 0-60 and after that he says
two years ago he had his hair down “I’ll always be a skateboarder. I on it and that’s what’s so dope.” tain my haters. I’m busy. Call me he is releasing another one in
to his waist and he decided to cut love it. It’s what I do.” Noah Goodbam, 22, of Toronto, later.” March.
his hair into a mullet hawk. Yelawolf says he is thankful to a fan of Yelawolf, says, “He’s kil- Rumours on the Internet have Check the artist on Yelfwolf.net
“I was just over it and I wanted his fans. “My crew has kept faith lin’ it. He’s utterly unique. He has sufaced that Yelawolf and Eminem or to follow Yelawolf on Twitter go
to do something else.” in me. We all worked really hard ownership of the beat.” will be working on a track together. to twitter.com/yelawolf.
Student finds creative outlet through hip-hop
By JEFF BLAY “Eventually I added more equip- go hand in hand because your Tip, Busta Rhymes, J Dilla, and
Staff Writer ment and got some friends to creativity is limitless, and the ﬂow others from the East Coast hip-hop
Third-year Niagara College contribute either with vocals or and rhythm used for both skills is scene, Deek provides a unique, in-
student Derek Veenhof doesn’t instruments, and it kind of turned similar.” ventive sound that stays true to the
limit his creative outlet to graphic into studio.” Earlier this year, Deek on the underground artistic values.
design. The album is primarily instru- Beat was named winner of one Deek lends his beat production
The 22-year-old St. Catharines mental, with a few tracks featur- of the 2010 Rap Battle TV Pro- skills to a local hip-hop live band
native, otherwise known as Deek ing local hip-hop artists such as ducer Battles held in downtown St. called Grizzley Planet, also featur-
on the Beat on stage, is set to Moofeek, Stakes High, Ayedruw, Catharines. The style of music, as ing Moofeek.
release a 19-song collection of Ill Bread Versiﬁer and many more. described by Veenhof, is “glitch- He performs live at local hip-hop
hip-hop beats/collaborations that Veenhof has always been into art hop, electronical, hip-hop with a shows around the Niagara region.
he has produced over the past few and music, and since entering the- spacy, bass heavy, up-tempo sound His music has been featured on
years. It’s called Deekcomposed. Graphic Design program, he gets blending various musical genres.” and can be heard on Brock Univer-
As Veenhof enters his third and the best of both worlds. “Deek’s beats are dope. He has sity’s radio station, CFBU 103.7 FM.
ﬁnal year of Graphic Design at the “I’m basically a computer nerd, a whole different sound, and it’s The Deekcompsed CD release
Welland campus, what started as so I have always messed around right up my alley,” says local hip- party is set for Saturday, Nov. 20,
“a kid on a personal PC making with different programs and liked hop artist Moofeek, 24. “He sent at 8 p.m. at City Lights, 67 St. Paul
beats” has turned into an adult with drawing and doing grafﬁti. Graphic me some tracks and the one we St., in downtown St. Catharines.
a full-ﬂedged studio of musical in- Design seemed like a practical use did together, Hell’s Yeah, was just Tickets are $4 in advance and $6
novation. for all my different art skills,” says a banger right off the top, just an at the door.
Derek Veenhof’s design of the “I started making beats using Veenhof. ill track and I knew right away it For more information, visit Deek
Deekcomposed CD cover. a program called Free Loops on “As far as connecting that with would be a great beat to write to.” at www.facebook.com/deekmusic
Submitted by Derek Veenhof my personal PC,” says Veenhof. my music, I think art and hip-hop Inﬂuenced by artists such as Q- or www.twitter.com/deekmusic.