Saturday, 29 November 2014, 8:23 am

Niagara College students feeling appreciated

By JEN HARDY
Staff Writer
Lesley Calvin, Ali Koblinsky, Carolyn Finlayson and Josie Tremonte, of the Centre for Student Leadership and Engagement, are having fun challenging students with a stacking and a shaking game. PHOTO BY JEN HARDYStudents felt appreciated and were looking for free food.
Today, Niagara College’s Student Appreciation Day, from mid-morning to mid-afternoon challenged the various departments to present their best side by giving students what they want: free food and tons of games with prizes to be won.
Lesley Calvin, manager of the Centre for Student Leadership and Engagement, and her team went all out this year to show the students just how much they are appreciated.
The office had a Survivor theme with two Minute to Win it games for students to demonstrate their strengths.
Calvin said she is “living the dream,” being able to call a day like this work.
Cassandra Reid, a Graphic Design student here, was one of the lucky ones to win an instant price from the CSLE office.
Reid said in preparation for today she read the itinerary and originally came to L20 at the Welland campus to...

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Red-hot Junior Culinary Team Canada wins a gold medal

By KEVAN DOWD
Staff Writer
The team celebrates news of a gold medal. PHOTO BY KEVAN DOWD,Gold was the colour of the day for Junior Culinary Team Canada.
And there were tears of joy when it was announced that the team had earned a gold medal at the Culinary World Championships. Canada was told Nov. 26 that its hot program, cooked and served the night before, had earned them the highest honour at the international competition in Luxembourg.
“We’ve received support back home since we left, and it’s been so heart-warming, and inspiring, I think it helped us when we got into the kitchen,” said team captain Iain Dawson. “We realized it wasn’t just for us. Everyone wanted us to do well, we were representing all junior cooks in Canada, all aspiring-chefs and I just want to thank them for their undying support.”
The team, comprised of students and recent graduates from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, is competing against the top junior culinary...

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Niagara College students researching students

By JOEL OPHARDT
Staff Writer
Adam Lalama and Dana Connor of the Echo Research Team, answer questions from the audience. PHOTO BY JOEL OPHARDT.An analysis of Niagara College’s co-op education and graduate employment services programs to select college staff on Wednesdays by students of the Public Relations program of Niagara College presentedFive groups broke down and delivered a comprehensive analysis of what the college should do better, and how it can be accomplished. The professional summary gave the graduate certificate students their first shot at a real-world example of research they will be delivering once they enter the job force. 
It was well timed as the college is tweaking its student services to become more integrated and seamless.
“We’re looking at how the students services in the college could work more together so that students don’t have to go to different places for everything they need,” said Fiona Allen, dean of Academic and Liberal Studies. “It’s really interesting because it’s students researching students, so I think the findings are very valid...

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Dessert dramatics for Niagara College in Luxembourg

By KEVAN DOWD
Staff Writer
Junior Culinary Team Canada’s pastry chef stayed calm under pressure despite a last minute hiccup with their cold program. The team ran into a problem with one of their desserts while assembling their program Nov. 23 at the World Culinary Championships in Luxembourg.
Megan Proper, who is responsible for the team’s pastries and desserts, hit a snag with one of her dishes, a gluten-free dessert, with only 10 minutes left in the competition.
“The desserts went up well,” said Proper. “I had problems at the end, five, 10 minutes before plates were supposed to go up.” One of her desserts featured a delicate chocolate butterfly with a wingspan of less than six centimeters. It broke apart with almost no time left on the clock but Proper remained calm and fixed it in time. “Broke about eight or 10 times, but we just kept calm and re-glued it and put...

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Pancakes for a good cause

By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Staff Writer
Bethany Moore, program secretary for the School of Media, sweetening up her stack of pancakes. PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BREENUnited Way and Chartwell’s teamed up to fill up students with pancakes.
For the first time Chartwell’s, provider of food services for Niagara College, has partnered up with the United Way to offer a Pancake Breakfasts complete with hash browns, juice and coffee.
“For the first time doing it it’s been very successful,” said Chartwell’s General Manager Karen Bellinger. The breakfast is part of an initiative to help the United Way at Niagara College to reach it’s goal of $40,000. “It’s something everyone like,” Bellinger said. They did there best to stay away from meats so they could offer the breakfast to everyone including vegetarians.
“On behalf of United Way, Niagara College, we want to thank Chartwell’s for their support,” said Director of Athletics & Recreation Matthew Davis, who also is part of the United Way board at Niagara College. “They are one of our supports who help with...

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Junior Culinary Team Canada wins first international medal at Culinary World Cup

By KEVAN DOWD
Staff Writer
Junior Culinary Team Canada members pose with the silver medals they won in Luxembourg yesterday. Photo by Kevin Dowd.Junior Culinary Team Canada was awarded a silver medal for its cold program yesterday at the World Culinary Championships in Luxembourg.
The team, comprised of students and recent graduates from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, is competing against the top junior culinary teams in the world, representing 14 other countries, in two categories, a cold and hot program.
“I’m really excited and proud of the team that we won the silver medal because we’ve been working really hard for this,” said team member Rebekka Schmitt. “And for our first time competing on an international level, silver is amazing.”
More precisely, the team won what’s called a high silver because in the competition medals are awarded based on points achieved as opposed to teams being compared to one another. Each team starts with 100 points and are docked points for mistakes or for not meeting the judges’ criteria....

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College students bring Frozen to kids

By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Staff Writer
Niagara College students are bringing Christmas early to children as special guests from Disney’s animated film Frozen are planning to visit.
The Student Administrative Council (SAC) at the Welland campus invites students to bring their children, nephews, nieces and younger siblings, under the age of 10, to help celebrate the 10th Annual Children’s Christmas Party.
The event in The Core typically has about 300 to 350 attending with children, parents and other guests included.
Along with the gift giving the party has many activities to keep the young ones occupied. Activities for this year’s event include: horse hayride, face painting and a create-a-cookie craft section. The big man himself, Santa Claus, will also make an appearance for children to meet and tell what they want for Christmas.
Children can write and drop off letters to Santa and everyone will enjoy the free lunch.
“SAC purchases gifts using our Special Events...

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