Friday, 01 August 2014, 3:42 am

Computers secured after hack attack

By BECKI CREWE
Staff Writer
Niagara College has taken precautionary steps to secure its computers from future attacks after some of its student-use systems were hacked since December.
Niagara Regional Police (NRP) charged Myles Proulx-Vanevery, 21, a Niagara College student, with 10 counts of unauthorized use of a computer. Four computer labs at the Welland campus were exposed to the malicious software. This malware, which Vanevery says he wrote and created, allowed him to record the keystrokes entered on any infected computer.
“It recorded the keystrokes every time they typed something, so I knew exactly what was happening as they were doing it,” says Vanevery.
“I had it upload to my server their information, like their account name and whatever they typed. All I did was monitor it.”
When asked if he was motivated by “revenge,” Vanevery confirmed that.
“I have like a lot of documents, important files for school projects and work that I have...

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New SAC members promise change

Left to right: Nick Appelmen, director of campaigns; AliceMary Nakiwala, vice-president; Jasmine Olah, director of communications and Casey Forgeron, director of student relations. Photo by Jamie BurtonBy JAMIE BURTON
Staff Writer
Newly elected Student Administrative Council (SAC) members aim to be more involved with helping students in the 2014/2015 school year.
It comes as no surprise to SAC members that many students don’t know the role SAC plays in their school lives. New Vice-
president AliceMary
Nakiwala says the main focus of the new SAC is to change this ignorance.
“Every student has a voice,” says Nakiwala, a 22-year-old Graphic Design student. “SAC wants to make sure that everyone knows that. We’re just the representatives to help spread the message.”
SAC is spearheading this awareness effort by making itself more known to the students. Director of Social Programming Charles
Burley says he was disappointed in the level of advertising for SAC events this year.
SAC has put together a three-point plan for awareness which will begins with face-to-face advertising and digital advertising on Blackboard.
We need to have more than a quick TV...

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In loving memory of our friends and fellow students

Alubnit Hiseni enjoying the sun in his home country, Kosovo. SUBMITTED PHOTO By MASAUNI MASAUNI
Staff Writer
Flamur Miftari and Albunit Hiseni moved to Canada from Kosovo with their families in search of a better life. Their dreams were to become police officers and in just a few months, they would have graduated from the Police Foundation program at Niagara College. Those dreams ended tragically March 13 for the 21 year olds.
Hiseni and his passenger Miftari, of Stoney Creek, lost their lives in a head-on collision with a pickup truck on their way home from the college. They were part of a three-vehicle collision during a snowstorm.
Hiseni was pronounced dead at the scene, while Miftari was taken to the hospital, where he died. “The two men were considered the closest of friends as they planned on taking each step in life together,” said Anas Hasan, who went to the same high school and attended Niagara College with them.
“You could never split them apart....

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Greg Unrau resigns as Media chair

By Kevin Farrell
Staff Writer
Greg Unrau, chair of the School of Media Studies, has resigned to pursue other career interests. On March 25, Misheck Mwaba, dean, Media and Technology division, posted the notice to the Niagara College community.
Unrau started at the college in August 2012, completing almost two years in office.
“People change their minds and you can’t control that,” said Mwaba.
Mwaba was asked about administrative stability for the school, since there have been two people in the post over the last five or six years.
“You hope you get a person who fits and will be around for a long time,” Mwaba replied.
Unrau said he is confident he made the right decision, with his family in mind.
“It was a family decision to leave. I talked it over with my wife and decided it was time to move into a different, more creative area,” Unrau said.
“I’m a writer, producer and director...

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Big day for journalism students

(From left) Nick Fearns, Nechelle Venturini, Collin Stachura, Kyle Melanson, Jesse Robitaille and Christopher Breen pose with their awards. PHOTO BY KEVIN FARRELLBy KEVIN FARRELL
Staff Writer
Two themes emerged at the Niagara College Journalism awards for students in the Journalism program: there are opportunities close to home and there are opportunities abroad.
Before the current students were presented with their awards, a recent graduate, Rick DeVries, was presented with an honorary award via Skype from Newfoundland after being nominated for Best Student Photography in Ontario in the Ontario Community Newspaper Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Competition (BNC).
(DeVries won the top prize at an awards ceremony last week).
DeVries has founded his own magazine focusing on amateur and professional photography, called Caprice Magazine, which is in its fourth issue.
Journalism was one of the founding programs at Niagara College in 1967 with its first newspaper published in 1968. “Students needed a year to learn how,” said Paul Dayboll, the Journalism program co-ordinator.
Every year Journalism students learn how so they can be ready for the job fulltime in...

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We are here for you to succeed

Manager of Student Services Sheryl Johns poses for a photo in her office at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. PHOTO BY BAYLEY NARGANGBy BAYLEY NARGANG
Staff Writer
Got the exam-time jitters? Well, Niagara College’s Student Success Centre is here to provide you with an array of different services that can help you with schoolwork and life.
Come the end of the year there is always a mountain of problems on a student’s shoulders. It could be in regard to your schooling, finances or personal life. Fortunately, Niagara College understands this and is here to assist.
To provide this assistance, Niagara College has created a network of services that collaborate to become the Student Success Centre or informally are seen as simply counselling services.
Sheryl Johns, manager of Student Services here, has 12 years of prior experience working with the March of Dimes organization. Additionally, she attended the college but with it being a few years back she would rather withhold the actual date.
She said the Student Success Centre is a “full comprehensive system to help students...

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College residence: A blessing or a curse?

The dreary weather left some residents worn down at the end of March but this student maintains her resilience. PHOTOS BY IAN MARKAUSKASBy IAN MARKAUSKAS
Staff Writer
Living in a dorm has always been a staple of the college lifestyle portrayed in pop culture today, but is it really the epic place it’s been built up to be?
Not everyone seems to think so.
The college term ends on April 17, and many students are anxious to head home for the holidays.
“Res seemed like a good way to get my foot in the social door,” says Andrew Dawson, 18, a first-year student in the Recreation Therapy program. Dawson laughs, “I didn’t party once this year.”
Dawson says he enjoyed residence life and the perks it entailed like always having hot water, but he says it wasn’t without its downsides.
“My biggest complaint is the one kitchen. For someone who likes to cook, the one kitchen is an inconvenience.”
Dawson was one of many students for whom residence fees were too expensive to stay another year.
Taylor Waringer, 19,...

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