Saturday, 20 December 2014, 11:28 am

Performer puts college in a trance

By ALEX HENDRY
Staff Writer
Tanvi Dave, director of social programming NOTL campus, Megan Paterson, director of campaigns NOTL campus, Bedros ‘Spidey’ Akkelian, Brittany Lightheart, director of student and community relations NOTL campus, Adam Maiolo, marketing and events manager, Gabriela Hernandez Maltos, director of clubs and volunteers NOTL campus and Nimisha Sumathi, director of communications NOTL campus at The Armoury on Nov. 27. PHOTO BY ALEX HENDRYIt was not a trick in saying the Niagara crowd was won over by the visiting mentalist/hypnotist Bedros ‘Spidey’ Akkelian.
Performing at The Armoury on a snowy night at the Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) campus last Thursday, the crowd was entertained with hypnotic gags and with no shortage of volunteers, including members of Niagara College Student Administrative Council (NCSAC).
Formerly nominated for Canadian Magician of the Year and a finalist on the program Canada’s Got Talent, ‘Spidey’ showed his on-stage experience, impressing the audience with the composure to work through more than a few of the attending disruptive Niagara College students.
“I love the college market because everyone is so smart and cool,” said Akkelian. 
“I talk a bit about psychology in my act and college crowds have the perfect balance of intelligence and willingness for fun, which makes for great hypnosis subjects.”
Niagara College was one of the many stops on Akkelian’s touring...

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Take LEAD in your life

By BAYLEY NARGANG
Staff Writer
Carolyn Finlayson prepares the participants for their first session in the Leadership Exploration and Development program. PHOTO BY BAYLEY NARGANGWhile it may be hard to find work to fill the experience slot of your resumé, Niagara College offers you the opportunity to get back what you give for tangible resumé-boosters.
The Leadership Exploration and Development program (LEAD) invites students, who are nominated to it for their participation in the community, to improve on a variety of skills that can open the doors to several opportunities.
Courses help you in a variety of methods that range from identifying your leadership strengths to practically applying different ways to approach working with a team.
Cassia Vannatter, a Para-medicine student, is an example of someone who gained more from this.
“It helped me meet people outside of my program, and was very refreshing because it’s not a program you would usually find in a school setting.”
Carolyn Finlayson, student leadership co-ordinator who manages the program, spoke extensively about how the program offers more than traditional...

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A winning recipe

By KEVAN DOWD
Staff Writer
Junior Culinary Team Canada with team manager, coaches, and Niagara College President Dan Patterson shortly after receiving silver medals for their cold program. PHOTO BY KEVAN DOWDCanada will be singing “Silver and Gold” for a whole new reason this holiday season.
The Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) proved it produces great food, great wine and great chefs.
Junior Culinary Team Canada returned home with a gold and silver medal from the World Culinary Championship in Luxembourg. 
The team, consisting of culinary students from the CFWI, represented the nation at the competition held Nov. 21 to Nov. 27.
“It’s exactly what I’d hoped for,” said Craig Youdale, team manager and dean of the CFWI.
 “It’s our first ever international event, but now we’ve learned how to deal with it. Stress, eating, sleep, all the things that go with a big event, and getting us ready for the real big prize, and that’s to be on the podium, the final podium, in Germany.”
The World Culinary Championship is the first step towards the 2016 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.
“I think...

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Spotted: anonymous hate online

By JACK FORD
Staff Writer
Spotted: Anonymous catcalling and photos taken without permission.
Facebook is home to many pages run by students in colleges and universities alike who are responsible for a hot post-secondary trend consisting of everything from kind gestures and funny photos to rants and catcalling.
Brianna Irvine, a second-year Music Business Management student at Durham College, in Oshawa, believes the inappropriate comments are a result of poor moderation.
“That is something I have noticed,” said Irvine. “Lots of comments like that, pictures taken and even comments relating to pregnant girls, etc. I think that it says the person who is running the page is not moderating or filtering the posts that are being sent in.”
Niagara College is no different, as the Spotted at Niagara College page is liked by 4,551 people and not immune to bad filtering.
“I personally think it’s supposed to be somewhat anonymous on who you are writing the post...

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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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College throws its doors open to future students

By JULIET KADZVITI
Staff Writer
Niagara College swung its doors open on Saturday for its inaugural Open Doors event at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-lake campuses, to many praises from attendees. Eager visitors from across Ontario and further came to experience first-hand what it feels like to be a student here.
Raeanne DeRuiter, 18, who wants to study “something art-related”, said she really liked the event. “There are a lot of friendly people and it is a welcoming school.”
DeRuiter attended the Info Fair in late October and enjoyed it so much she decided to discover more about the college by attending this event. Many visitors shared these sentiments.
“I got a lot of information I didn’t know about,” said Spencer Edwards, 18, from Vineland, Ont.
Edwards plans to study Sports Management and loved the proximity of the Welland campus to his home. “I think there’s a strong possibility I will come here.”
Visitors were greeted, at the...

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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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