- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 14:26
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By RAZA MALIK
The Niagara region music scene is synonymous with rock and jazz music caused by a lack of diverse talent in other genres. However, since 2007, the electronic scene has slowly opened up a chance for the genre to expand.
The first World Electronic Music Festival (WEMF), held at the Niagara Regional Exhibition Center in Welland nearly 10 years ago, offered a taste of what could be expected. Big name artists, such as MSTRKRFT and Mark EG from the United Kingdom, played the three-day event drawing about 5,000 fans.
Since then we haven’t seen much. The scene is still alive but not as popular. Many students from Brock University or Niagara College can be found going to downtown St. Catharines where there is a large assortment of electronic music performed in clubs. Nathan Perreault 20, is a Niagara College student who plays shows under the name “Animaux”. He has...
- Created on Thursday, 24 September 2015 18:30
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Niagara News has two second place awards in the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA) 2014 Better Newspapers Competition: best student photography and General Excellence for Best College/University Newspaper.
OCNA recognizes the quality of work produced every week by its member newspapers, showcasing them to readers and advertisers.
Niagara News won second place in the general excellence awards category for overall achievement in editorial, advertising, layout and community involvement. Competition is against other journalism publications at colleges and universities across Ontario.
The entire Journalism program student reporting team, editors and faculty were recognized at a gala dinner in Toronto in May for this achievement.
Journalism program graduate Brittany Erwin won second place best student photography for her Nov. 22, 2013 photograph “Battle of Brushes” showcasing body art competitions in Toronto.
Niagara News has a long award-winning history in the provincial and national college/university competitions.
In the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) Awards, which celebrate “excellence in community...
- Created on Friday, 17 April 2015 14:47
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By TANDI CHABWA
“It started as an idea on the back of a napkin over lunch,” said Stephen Dominick, on Niagara College’s fifth annual SickPix competition. “It’s become a blockbuster event.”
SickPix, run for and by Digital Photography students, took place March 27 in the Applied Health Auditorium. The event has become an increasingly exciting part of the Digital Photography program, and encourages students to get into the studio and shoot, says Dominick, program co-ordinator. He continued, “We take it very seriously. The prizes are quite spectacular. This year, I think we gave away close to $6,000 worth of prizes.”
Those prizes didn’t appear overnight. In addition to generous donations from Henry’s camera store, majority of the prize money came from the student committee, which took graduate portraits as a fundraiser. The student SickPix committee put a significant amount of work throughout the year to make the event possible. The...
- Created on Friday, 17 April 2015 14:52
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By CHEZNEY MARTIN
Niagara’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...
- Created on Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:17
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By MAZIE BISHOP
The 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...
- Created on Friday, 17 April 2015 14:49
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By GAGE LEBLANC
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...
- Created on Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:14
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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.