Tuesday, 01 September 2015, 3:49 am

Niagara College breaks record for world’s largest dessert party

By JEREMIAH LINK
Staff Writer
From cupcakes to brownies to cakes, Niagara College served over 5,200 desserts donated from local bakeries and caterers. PHOTOS BY JEREMIAH LINKNiagara College has unofficially broken the Guinness world record for the largest dessert party. Between the gags and jokes on April 1, Niagara College’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program was not playing a prank when it chose to host the world’s largest dessert party at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
The management team’s initial goal was to get 1,000 people to simultaneously eat a dessert. The event managed to unofficially break the record with a total of 910 people. The previous record was set by Friendly’s Ice Cream in Wilbraham, Mass., on July 18, 2013 involving 794 people, who ate a variety of sundaes.
After Welland’s Mayor Frank Campion announced that the record was unofficially broken, guests of the dessert party hollered in sweet satisfaction.
Niagara College President Dan Patterson said, “We are on top. This is amazing and it is all about applied learning and how the college...

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Students and parents alike flock to Niagara College for its annual Spring Open House

By CONNOR MARTEN
Staff Writer
Nick Appleman, Jamie Lynn Gillingham and Charles Burley enjoy activities during the Open House.Niagara College welcomed the people of Niagara, curious parents and aspiring “Knights” alike with open doors and open arms at the college’s annual Spring Open House.
Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses were open for one of the most popular events of this year’s calendar. Over 5,000 prospective students, along with their parents and the public, flooded the halls to see why Niagara College ranks so high among post-secondary institutions in Ontario.
Phil Hayes, manager of Student Recruitment and InfoCentre, said, “A big part of this (the Spring Open House) is for the visitors to get in-depth knowledge of our school and determine how our programs compare to other schools, but also for prospective students to realize the other opportunities available at the college.”
It allowed those interested in attending Niagara College to have a first hand experience of everything the school has to offer. With over 150 volunteers and...

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Express Entry designed to bring international students back into Canada to work after graduation

By JAKE TURNBULL
Staff Writer
Sean Coote, director of Niagara College’s International Department. Photo by Jake TurnbullThe dream for many people around the world is to come to Canada for post-secondary education. In 2010 alone, 218,245 came to pursue those dreams.
In the past, international students were able to complete their education and go into the workforce without having to return home and apply to stay in Canada permanently. For students who have returned home and who want to come back, there is a new Express Entry into Canada designed to bring individuals who have graduated from a Canadian institution, as well as other skilled workers.
There is much confusion around this federal rule as many believe they must return home and then apply to be a resident in Canada, which is not the case. There are multiple programs to which international students can apply so they can work while they wait for permanent residency.
This, “pool”, as the government calls it, has an...

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Niagara College Teaching Winery showcases new wine label

By MARIANA CUARTAS
Staff Writer
From left, Dan Patterson, Niagara College president, congratulates the winners of the selected bottle label, Wine Business Management student Gaurav Ashwani, Winery and Viticulture Technician student Christian Scagnetti and Graphic Design student Chelsea Whipps. PHOTO BY MARIANA CUARTASNiagara College’s Teaching Winery revealed the winning label design for its first bottle of sparkling wine at the Niagara College Wine Visitor and Education Centre March 24.
Graphic Design student Chelsea Whipps from St. Catharines, Wine Business Management student Gaurav Ashwani from India and Winery and Viticulture Technician student Christian Scagnetti from Timmins won for their “Balance Brut” design.
The design competition brought Niagara College’s Graphic Design students together with the college’s wine program students to produce a winning sparkling wine label.
“I don’t think any of us would have been able to do it without the other two,” said Scagnetti. “My part was to make sure the bottle was following the VQA protocols, make sure everything was the right size and where it needed to be.”
“Gaurav was the one who decided on the balloons, and then we found ways to tie it together with the sparkling wine...

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Newly re-elected SAC president Shane Malcolm and company tackle issues from social activities to transit

Student Administrative Council president Shane Malcolm and NCSAC vows to make college a more enjoyable experience for all. Photo by Alex HendryBy CASSANDRA RIENZO
Staff Writer
The Niagara College Student Administrative Council (SAC) covers more issues than most people believe, dealing with everything from transit to pub nights, health and dental services, food banks and The Rise and Shine Breakfast program among others.
Most people assume SAC only covers transit issues, but while they’re working on that they also have a hefty list of other duties. Last month, Shane Malcolm, the current SAC president, was re-elected for the 2015-2016 school year. Malcolm was also the director of clubs and executive vice-president before being elected for president the first time.
Malcolm, now in his fourth year with SAC, said he is excited to start planning for the fall. He is flanked by new and returning members who are eager to be a part of this council. Malcolm is an active member and a full-time student but can still be found joking with staff and...

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Public Relations students get real life lessons from program graduates

By NIKITA GRISE
Staff Writer
From left, Public Relations Graduate Certificate alumni Lexa Newell, Devon Greed and event co-ordinator Linda Camus.The Niagara College boardroom had a busy workplace buzz when Public Relations Graduate Certificate students and alumni got together for a panel discussion on March 24.
Seven graduates of the program were welcomed back as panellists representing their fields. The panel paired students and alumni to discuss the program, learn about future employment opportunities and provide an outlet for networking with graduates and industry professionals.
Linda Camus, event co-ordinator and instructor in the program, says the panel is a great opportunity for students as they move into their placements, not only for networking but to know what to expect in the field.
The afternoon began with a brief introduction of the returning graduates, followed by several round table discussions where the students met in small groups for a better opportunity to ask questions of the graduates.
“It’s great for entry-level career advice. It’s fun talking to six different people...

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Summer jobs in short supply for ESL students

Michele Ruicci is an academic adviser for international students at Niagara College’s Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. PHOTO BY KEIOSHA SPARKSBy KEIOSHA SPARKS
Staff Writer
As the semester ends, students start looking for summer employment and it won’t be easy. It’s all the more difficult for international students. They can find help at Niagara College’s International Department.
Michael Wentao-Wang, a student here, explains how he applies for summer employment. “I go to the International Centre and they help with my resumé and to find a job,” said Wang. The centre is on the bottom floor of the Simcoe building at the Welland campus. It provides help for students looking for employment, and offers jobs at the centre and around the school.
“At this department, right now, we have student helpers and there is plenty of job opportunities around the school,” said Michele Ruicci, an academic adviser for international students. Working there is only part-time because they want the students to focus on school and not work as much.
Ruicci is a previous student...

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