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Student and staff paintings sold for SAC food bank

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Nick Appelman (left) gives the winner of the raffle draw, Adam Miolo, the Dichen Zhang painting. PHOTO BY CHEZNEY MARTINNiagara’s Got Art show, held in the Welland campus’s The Core April 8, showcased the work of more than 25 Niagara College students, staff and community artists. The art was donated for silent auction with proceeds going to the Student Administrative Council (SAC) Emergency Food Bank.
The food bank is open to active Niagara College students needing assistance. More than 500 students use the food bank yearly, said show co-ordinator Nick Appelman.
The art show was held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and all proceeds went to the food bank, including that of the silent art auction, raffle tickets and free donations.
Appelman said he was very happy with the turnout.
“I’ve been working hard at it for over a month for sure, in the last two weeks I’ve been non-stop,” he said. “I’ve missed classes to be doing this,” mentioning he had to get the budget passed...


If you need console-ing

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Microsoft and Sony released their newest consoles, the Xbox One and PS4, over a year ago. Gaming has reached a new technological peak as new systems are thrown out into the mass market at a rapid pace. But instead of purchasing them, consumers seem to be as interested in nostalgia gaming with systems such as the NES and GameCube.
Michael Dodd, a contributor to Toronto-based Radio Stations AM640 and This Week in Geek, and a Niagara College graduate, sees a place for the new and old.
“It depends on what experience you want,” Dodd said. “Older has more of a different kind of challenge, but new consoles give you a more mass story.”
Asked about people who are new to collections and their intentions, it took him a second to respond. “It’s hard to answer. More people are getting into the hobby for wrong reason,” he said. “They...


Update available: the benefits of downloadable content

Like it or not, gaming has fully entered a new phase of connectivity.
Consoles, computers and even handhelds have easy access to online servers -- and developers know this. Post-release patches to fix glitches and bugs are a staple of turning on a game for the first time. Couple that with extra levels, costumes, game modes and missions and you’ve got what is simply known as DLC.
Downloadable content (DLC) It has become a dirty word of sorts in gaming. Despite the difference between a developer fixing bugs or adding entire new game modes or gouging money to see a game’s “real” ending, DLC is used as an umbrella term for everything not on disk. However, even though some companies have been less than reputable with these extras, DLC as a whole is not a bad thing. In fact, gaming has benefited greatly from the ability to update.
Looking back...


SickPix digital photography competition searches for the next Ansel Adams

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Digital Photography students Lorie Peacock, second-year, and Caleb Vandervalk, first-year, smile after winning Best in Show at the March 27 SickPix event at Niagara College. SUBMITTED PHOTO BY RACHEL WANG“It started as an idea on the back of a napkin over lunch,” said Stephen Dominick, on Niagara College’s fifth annual SickPix competition. “It’s become a blockbuster event.”
SickPix, run for and by Digital Photography students, took place March 27 in the Applied Health Auditorium. The event has become an increasingly exciting part of the Digital Photography program, and encourages students to get into the studio and shoot, says Dominick, program co-ordinator. He continued, “We take it very seriously. The prizes are quite spectacular. This year, I think we gave away close to $6,000 worth of prizes.”
Those prizes didn’t appear overnight. In addition to generous donations from Henry’s camera store, majority of the prize money came from the student committee, which took graduate portraits as a fundraiser. The student SickPix committee put a significant amount of work throughout the year to make the event possible. The...


Simpsons’ Sam Simon made us laugh

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The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon died of colon cancer on March 8. Fans will remember him for his contributions towards the show as well as his charity work with PETA and The Sam Simon Foundation. SUBMITTED PHOTOSThe Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon always aimed to make people happy – even in his final moments.

After battling with terminal colon cancer since 2012, Simon died on March 8 in his Los Angeles home. He will be remembered for his philanthropic work with various charities as well as his contribution to various sitcoms.

“He’s a TV icon,” said Matt Bastead, of Grimsby, Ont. “Working on Cheers, Taxi, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show – some of the biggest shows ever. But all those shows also changed the paradigm of the sitcom, changing the tired old format into something new and different – and that has to be his biggest contribution to The Simpsons. He changed what adult prime time cartoons are.”

In the early stages of the show, Simpsons creator Matt Groening had “no idea or concept” for the direction he wanted the show to follow.

Developer James...


Where Legends are made

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PHOTO BY MAZIE BISHOPThe buzz of in-game lingo, and the clicking of keyboards and gaming mice filled The Commons, as the two-tier League of Legends tournament went live at the college’s Welland campus. A player screams, “GO MID, GO MID!” followed by loud cheers of victory.
On March 7, the Niagara College Event Management Graduate Certificate program hosted its first Many Hands Project League of Legends tournament. It was held to raise money to benefit Strive Niagara, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting young families pursuing education to better the lives of their children. Over $4,000, almost double the target, was raised.
Eighteen teams registered for the event meaning 90 players battled it out for one of the two champion titles. Eighty spectators attended to support their favourite teams and to share in the festivities. The event also offered a cosplay photo booth, where players could take photos with their favourite Champion...


Big Brother, bigger life

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The Head of Household from TV’s Big Brother is leaving the house to visit Niagara College.
Dan Gheesling, winner of CBS’s hit reality TV show Big Brother, is telling his life story to a nearly sold out crowd at Niagara College’s Welland campus on
March 26.
This special event was organized by Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council (NCSAC) and the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership.
It will feature once in a lifetime features available to fans in the Niagara region.
Starting at 7 p.m., Gheesling, who is also an entrepreneur, author and coach, will give a lecture on the importance of action-based leadership and motivation, followed by a meet and greet in the college’s pub The Core at 8:15 p.m.
Adam Maiolo, Marketing and Events manager for NCSAC, helped get this event off the ground along with the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership, when he saw Gheesling speak in front of...