- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:17
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By GAGE LEBLANC
In the past 20 years, anime has become more culturally significant worldwide compared to the late 1980s and early 1990s when it was just seen as Japanese cartoons.
At that time, shows such as Dragon Ball Z were popular and could be seen as the kick-start of the anime craze in North America. It wasn’t until the last few years when it became a phenomenon with shows such as Attack on Titan and this year’s One Punch Man causing major crazes worldwide.
Dustin Deboer, an Electrical Engineering student at the college’s Welland campus and an anime fan, is extremely happy with the outcome.
“Being an avid anime watcher I feel ecstatic that anime is becoming more widely known because it is such a great medium and form of entertainment. Anime has helped me through the good and bad of life. No matter how bad my day was, in the...
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:15
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By JEREMIAH LINK
I have one job, find the explosives on the train.
After being dropped onto the battlefield I feel defenseless and take cover. I glance to my right; my teammate stands five feet in front of an enemy, shooting his assault rifle into the man’s skull. He flinches a few times then drops to the ground.
I look on in disbelief and manage to gain some confidence. I spot an enemy hiding behind a railing. His whole body remains exposed to the enemy but he doesn’t move. This is my opportunity to strike.
I sprint towards him while bullets whiz by my head and into my head. I run along the wall and land in front of my opponent, who is just as exposed now as ever. I walk up to him as he shoots three bullets into my chest. The butt of my rifle meets his face and he...
- Created on Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:36
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By JESSICA HENDRIKS
Partying, drinking, staying out until the early hours of the morning is a normal, harmless thing for most college students, but for me it’s a risk.
A year ago Sept. 4, I went to pub night with my best friend. I was excited since I love dances and had a lot of fun at the one the year before.
We had a good time, until my night took an unexpected turn.
Due to my anxiety, depression and alcohol consumption, I had a big mental breakdown.
I was fine but then something happened. One last push over the edge, then my mind started spinning. I started thinking about how much I hated my life and everything in it.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, when we have alcohol in our blood, our mood and behaviour change, depending on how much we drink and how quickly we drink it. Alcohol can also reveal...
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:29
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By AUSTIN GOODER
“Amazon, you should be ashamed of yourselves.”
This review by “Dee” on a new book published on Amazon’s e-book store, is a complete understatement.
Another comment by “Charley” reads: “Selling a book to potentially profit him would be acknowledging that he’s human.”
The him in this story is Paul Bernardo.
He has published an e-book on the amazon.ca bookstore, which has now been dutifully removed. Yes, that Paul Bernardo. The one who, with Karla Homolka, sent the Niagara region into a panic, was this close to reaping the benefits of a novel published on one of the world’s largest online stores.
Yes, the Paul Bernardo who murdered Kristen French, 15, Leslie Mahaffy, 14, and Homolka’s sister Tammy, published a book for all to read.
It’s the kind of blunder that would likely ruin a smaller company. Fortunately for Amazon, its share of the market will keep it afloat.
Unfortunately for the people of...
- Created on Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:21
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By CHRIS GERICS
An event was held here last month to help raise awareness of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Around the college, especially the Welland campus, there was little recognition.
I covered the gathering for this newspaper and was stunned to see so many students and staff working to create faceless dolls symbolizing the faceless victims associated with the atrocities suffered by Canada’s Natives. The event was held at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, and by all accounts it was a modest turnout. I was shocked that so few were aware of the issue or that so many more chose to ignore it.
Here in our little corner of the country, I saw the wilful blindness that afflicts so many Canadians when it comes to truth and reconciliation with this shameful part of our national history.
The fact that recently there has been relatively little news coverage of the Aboriginal community, especially...
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:11
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By CHRIS GERICS
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke
The world is turning into the latest video game.
Military drones have advanced the technological aspect of war replacing the need for man-to-man invasion forces. Sending computerized drones to launch an airstrike in Syria while the operator sits in an office building in Washington, D.C. is safer, more accurate and, honestly, pretty insane.
Long gone are the days when planes and Hueys flew above, signalling the beginning of their terrorizing missile and bomb strikes, and the citizens had some odds of survival for another day.
Today, nobody knows when the drones will strike, but when they do they bring terror and paranoia to their chosen “special targets” because one minute you’re alive, the next you’re a statistic.
Access to all manner of instruction for computer programming, engineering and other technology tools is readily available to ordinary people who do...
- Created on Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:18
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By TANDI CHABWA
As 2015 comes to a close, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of articles and arguments in the media on the staggering lack of equality – the focus largely being on the gender pay gap.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence penned an essay after it was revealed she was paid much less than her male co-stars in the movie American Hustle. Lawrence, the top paid actress of 2015, made $30 million less than the top paid actor of the year, Robert Downey Jr.
Many celebrities praised Lawrence and offered their support to fight Hollywood’s inequality in relation to gender and pay. And while it is a start, this current, trendy bashing of the “discrimination” leaves much more visible issues forgotten.
What about the fact the Hunger Games franchise is one of the rare blockbuster movies with a woman as the main character? A recent study found that only 21...