Monday, 20 October 2014, 12:59 pm

Young chefs ready to take on the world

By KEVAN DOWD
Staff Writer
For the first time, Niagara College students will represent Canada internationally.
The Junior Culinary Team Canada will represent Canada at the 2016 World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. The college team gained its title over culinary teams from Humber and Holland Colleges and will compete against more than 30 countries at the Olypics.
In November, the team will be in the National Culinary Cup in Luxembourg preparing for the Olympics.
Team member Iain Dawson sees the event as a meet and greet for the teams now that they have been formed and selected. He said it is a perfect chance for the team to gauge itself against some of the world’s junior chefs.
“First impressions are the most important,” said Dawson. “Everyone’s taking it quite seriously.”
It is difficult to know where Canada will stand at this time. While some teams have only had three or four months to train, Team Canada...

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Support workers vote majority in deal favour

By JULIET KADZVITI
Staff Writer
Support staff workers across Ontario’s 24 colleges have a new collective agreement. 
Workers voted on Sept. 18 and 87 per cent ratified the new four-year deal. 
Bob Holder, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 243 president said, “We have a four-year agreement and we will continue working hard.”
Niagara College has 245 support staff workers and, according to Holder, about 180 workers voted. 
Holder said workers are “generally happy” with the outcome. “I think everybody is satisfied and glad to have negotiations and everything behind them so they can move forward.”
Provincially the sentiment is similar. 
OPSEU President Warren Thomas said in a press release, “Clearly our members liked what they saw in the tentative agreement and today they threw their wholehearted support behind it.” 
He added, “We look forward to four years of steady relations with management.”
The initial tentative agreement was reached on Aug. 15 just before the previous collective agreement expired....

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Get Involved, make a difference

By TORI RUTHERFORD and JEN HARDY
Staff Writers
Robin Wiszowaty, Mama Leah and students Joanne and Irene from Kenya visited the college and told students the impact volunteers had on their lives. PHOTO BY JEN HARDYNiagara College’s first annual Get Involved Week has come to an end. The Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL) made a week-long push to increase awareness of the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) and how Niagara College can help students to find volunteer opportunities in the community. 
The Welland campus hosted the first three days of the event from Wednesday, Oct. 1 to Friday, Oct. 3 and offered CCR portal tutorials, an on-campus and off-campus opportunities fair, a guest speaker from United Way and a presentation by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network. 
The Niagara-on-the-Lake campus hosted the latter three days from Monday, Oct. 6 to Wednesday, Oct. 8 and offered CCR portal tutorials, an on-campus and off-campus opportunities fair, a guest speaker from United Way, a presentation by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network and a guest speaker from Me to We celebrating the positive effects of community...

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Feeling out of place(ment)

By STACEY BULMER
Staff Writer 
How does placement affect the stress of normal classes?
Alix Sobscak, a 19-year-old Digital Photography student, said he likes to keep a schedule, making sure he has enough time for sleep and relaxation.
“If I don’t get enough sleep I won’t be motivated to do anything. I always plan the amount of time I have free, to figure out what I need done, and approximately how long it’ll take to get it done. But with all that, I have to, HAVE TO, make sure I leave free time to relax, maybe do some of my hobbies or just sit and watch movies or my shows.”
Sobschak doesn’t have placement this year, but he is excited to get hands-on experience photographing models in the fashion industry.
Rachel Wiens, an Early Childhood Education student, isn’t as excited about her placement, as she said placement in the morning doesn’t allow much time for...

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College’s hunt for Autism awareness underway

By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Staff Writer
Let the hunt begin.
Niagara College is raising awareness for autism. Terry Poirer, Autism and Behavioural Sciences co-ordinator and faculty-educational assistant, Special Needs Support program, has again launched the QR Code Hunt.
“We launched the annual QR Code Hunt [as a] way to raise awareness among students and staff about autism and the college’s ABS program,” Poirer said. With last year’s campaign seeing so much success, Poirer is widening the scope.
“This year [we] hope to reach out to even more students from a variety of programs who may be interested in pursuing the ABS graduate certificate.”
The QR Hunt features posters with QR codes at campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Once scanned, the codes will unlock information about autism and the ABS program, educating students and faculty. Scanners will have a chance to win weekly prizes.
“I think a lot of people don’t look up information about autism unless they’re faced...

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A school without borders

By BAYLEY NARGANG
Staff Writer
Creating globalized citizens starts one night at a time, the first of which is on Oct. 28 in the Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) campus cafeteria and the Segal International Centre in Welland. 
International Tuesdays is a series of events hosted by students to help open eyes to different traditions or let others enjoy what they already know.
Since it’s the kickoff party there will be many activities and information sessions.
Run by students for students, the goal of this joint venture by the International Department and the Student Administrative Council (SAC) is to create a comfortable environment for domestic and international students.
Erica Danielson is the International Department student assistant in charge of planning these events and is excited to see her dreams come to fruition. “I’ve always been wanting to do this … I was just waiting for the position to open up.”
Her excitement is something to be valued because her passion...

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Faculty votes to accept new contract

By JULIET KADZVITI
Staff Writer
Faculty at Niagara College and colleges across Ontario voted last Tuesday to effectively ratify a new three-year collective agreement.
Niagara College’s Director of Marketing and Communications Dorita Pentesco said in an email, “Niagara College is pleased that an agreement has been reached.”
According to Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), approximately 61 per cent of faculty province-wide voted in favour of the agreement, which is valid for the next three years to September 2017.
The number of votes supporting the agreement is a concern for OPSEU, whose leaders stated in a press release that the “low” percentage indicates continued concern regarding issues affecting the college system.
Martin Doyle, OPSEU member and co-ordinator Acting for Film and Television at Niagara College, said, “As a member of OPSEU I would say no [the result is not pleasing]. I think there are issues that very much need(ed) to be addressed and...

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