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By BECKI CREWE
While Niagara College couldn’t hold on to its impressive winning streak of eight straight years for top student satisfaction in a province-wide survey of colleges, it remains among Ontario’s best.
The Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey measures the college’s performance in key areas such as student, employer and graduate satisfaction, employment rates and program quality.
“I am proud that Niagara College continues to be in the top tier of Ontario colleges for student satisfaction,” said Dan Patterson, president of Niagara College. “Our goal is to be number 1 every year.
“I know from speaking with Niagara College faculty and staff that we are committed to working hard as we continue to enhance our students’ experience and aim to regain the top spot.”
Niagara had ranked first in student satisfaction for eight of the previous nine years. This year’s rating has dropped from 85.4 per cent...
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By MASAUNI MASAUNI
Flamur Miftari and Albunit Hiseni moved to Canada from Kosovo with their families in search of a better life. Their dreams were to become police officers and in just a few months, they would have graduated from the Police Foundation program at Niagara College. Those dreams ended tragically March 13 for the 21 year olds.
Hiseni and his passenger Miftari, of Stoney Creek, lost their lives in a head-on collision with a pickup truck on their way home from the college. They were part of a three-vehicle collision during a snowstorm.
Hiseni was pronounced dead at the scene, while Miftari was taken to the hospital, where he died. “The two men were considered the closest of friends as they planned on taking each step in life together,” said Anas Hasan, who went to the same high school and attended Niagara College with them.
“You could never split them apart....
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By JAMIE BURTON
Newly elected Student Administrative Council (SAC) members aim to be more involved with helping students in the 2014/2015 school year.
It comes as no surprise to SAC members that many students don’t know the role SAC plays in their school lives. New Vice-
Nakiwala says the main focus of the new SAC is to change this ignorance.
“Every student has a voice,” says Nakiwala, a 22-year-old Graphic Design student. “SAC wants to make sure that everyone knows that. We’re just the representatives to help spread the message.”
SAC is spearheading this awareness effort by making itself more known to the students. Director of Social Programming Charles
Burley says he was disappointed in the level of advertising for SAC events this year.
SAC has put together a three-point plan for awareness which will begins with face-to-face advertising and digital advertising on Blackboard.
We need to have more than a quick TV...
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By Jamie Burton
Niagara News has won first place in a provincial newspaper competition.
Niagara College journalism graduate, Rick De Vries, picked up first prize in student photography at the Ontario Community Newspaper Association’s 2013 Better Newspapers Competition Awards for his photo of a falling skater in the Red Bull Crashed Ice Event in Niagara Falls.
“The timing of the shot, more than anything else, really paid off,” said De Vries.
“I was getting irritated that nothing was working out, but then came Eddie Spiesz and my ‘Superman’.”
The photo can be seen at niagara-news.com.
Since leaving the program, De Vries started Caprice Magazine, a publication that features work by both professional and amateur photographers who have an “eye for the artistic”.
Niagara News also won third place for general excellence in the same competition.
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By MAZIE BISHOP
The thigh gap has been the trending fitness goal for women for the past year, but experts are alarmed by the health risks women are taking trying to change their skeleton structure.
The unobtainable goal is to be able to stand with your feet together and to still have a gap between your thighs. Some women are going to unreal lengths to achieve it.
In 2012, the thigh gap craze exploded online and found its way into every news feed of every form of social media. But at some point between the start of this trend and now, it changed from a fitness phenomenon to a status symbol for teenage girls. An Australian study shows more than 50 per cent of 1,000 high school girls are “terrified” of gaining weight and are severely unhappy with their bodies.
In the past two years there have been reports of starvation, eating...
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By BECKI CREWE
Niagara College has taken precautionary steps to secure its computers from future attacks after some of its student-use systems were hacked since December.
Niagara Regional Police (NRP) charged Myles Proulx-Vanevery, 21, a Niagara College student, with 10 counts of unauthorized use of a computer. Four computer labs at the Welland campus were exposed to the malicious software. This malware, which Vanevery says he wrote and created, allowed him to record the keystrokes entered on any infected computer.
“It recorded the keystrokes every time they typed something, so I knew exactly what was happening as they were doing it,” says Vanevery.
“I had it upload to my server their information, like their account name and whatever they typed. All I did was monitor it.”
When asked if he was motivated by “revenge,” Vanevery confirmed that.
“I have like a lot of documents, important files for school projects and work that I have...
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By DAVIS GILBERT
The first six dogs found in an emaciated condition are ready for adoption after surviving a bone chilling winter outside this year.
“We’re still experiencing issues with a number of dogs that were expending a lot of energy in the extreme cold,” said John Greer, executive director of the Welland and District SPCA.
Police on a Norfolk County property found a total of 26 Scandinavian hounds March 3 after a concerned neighbour called police.
The OPP and Welland SPCA found the pack of dogs well hidden in a woodlot chained to rows of doghouses out of view from any roads or houses. The owner of the dogs was tracked down and was co-operative with police and SPCA officials. The man was given the chance to keep the dogs if he could provide a warmer place for them to live but signed a compliance order, which released control of the...