Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 9:26 pm

College winery program offers intro to Niagara’s wines

By JUHYUNG PARK
Staff Writer
 The winery is located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. PHOTO BY JUHYUNG PARKThe Winery and Viticulture Technician program is one of the most popular at Niagara College because a lot of students want to become a sommelier.
If you take a drive from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Grimsby, you can see the large number of grape farms, wineries and wine stores Niagara has to offer visitors and tourists alike.
Niagara College has made a name for itself with its own wine; the store sells wine for tourists, local people and people from out of the province. At the winery store, the staff members have a lot of programs that introduce their products, explaining the type of wine and how it’s made.
Finally, when the guests have made up their mind, they get to sample the wine they like.
“People from other countries or visitors are coming here to learn about our ice wine production,” said Kiera Nimmo, 19, a student...

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SAC president has big plans for year ahead

By ALEX HENDRY
Staff Writer
SAC President Shane Malcolm sits down in front of past SAC presidents. 	       PHOTO BY ALEX HENDRYWhen it comes to student politics, there’s never a boring day.
And balancing a schedule of campus life and political responsibility demands a student be dedicated and passionate about helping others.
Shane Malcolm seems poised to do just that.
Sitting on the board of Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council [SAC], for a third year, Malcolm is taking over as the new SAC president and student leader.
“I have been on student council for three years, this being my third year [2014-15],” said Malcolm.  
“My involvement with Niagara College has definitely grown a lot over the years so it was just a natural fit for me in terms of moving… into this role. Finish off the step you start, start a journey you want to see it through.”
Enrolling as an international student in 2009, Malcolm graduated with honours from the Culinary Management program and recently finished his three-year degree in...

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Innovation Centre confirmed by budget

By JOEL OPHARDT
Staff Writer
Artist’s rendering of the proposed building.   SUBMITTED PHOTOThe $130-billion provincial budget confirms Ontario’s support for the new Industry Innovation Centre at Niagara College.
“What the students have to gain through this is great experiences working on projects with companies, and developing real projects with real timelines, like in real life,” said Marc Nantel, associate vice-president of Research & Innovation at Niagara College.
The 18,000-square-foot centre will be built alongside the existing Rankin Technology Centre, offering a more specialized facility that will increase the opportunities to develop products with local industry.
Nantel said the facility will involve an incredibly broad spectrum of disciplines in the design process, including Mechanical Engineering Technology, Environmental Technologies, Renewable Energies, Construction, Automotive, Photonics, Digital Media, and Computers.
Construction is scheduled to begin this fall. “We were starting to get very tight in the two labs we have here at the Rankin Technology Centre, so we asked the government of Ontario if...

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Parking fees cause frustration

By JOEL OPHARDT
Staff Writer
Tom Gu, a student at Niagara College, pays for parking at the Welland Campus parking lot.	 PHOTO BY JOEL OPHARDTThe high cost of parking has drivers at Niagara College thinking outside the lot.
The price may come down to less than $2 a day, but many members of the Niagara College community are frustrated with the financial burden that accompanies the already expensive habit of driving to school.
“When you’re not making $150,000 a year - when you’re making minimum wage, it all adds up,” said Lynn Larson, who works in the Welland Campus cafeteria.
“I’ve got to pay around six bucks a day if I don’t buy the pass, so I just walk.”
Niagara College charges $140 for one semester’s parking pass, which is good only for the vehicle it has been registered with. If you don’t have a pass you can pay a higher rate at a pay station for a daily or hourly pass.
If that doesn’t suit you, a $20 ticket awaits those who...

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Students look forward to a variety of orientation activities

By ZACH SALVERDA
Staff Writer
Stephanie Farr, a second-year New Media Web Design student, enters the Welland campus building.  PHOTO BY JOEL OPHARDTOrientation week can be a hectic time, but there will be plenty of fun time for those who want to make the most of their college experience.
Student Administrative Council [SAC] covers most of the events while the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership covers the rest.
There are many different events that occur during the first couple of days.
Tuesday, Sept. 2 is the first day of orientation. From 8 a.m. until 11 p.m., there will be a MUCH video dance at The Core, at the Welland campus.
There will be busing from the Niagara-on-Lake[NOTL] campus.
Around 8:30 p.m., there will be an outdoor movie night located in the courtyard at the NOTL campus. Participants are asked to bring their own blankets and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the free cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones along with the movies.
On Wednesday, Sept. 3 at noon there...

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New associate dean brings leadership to job

By JULIET KADZVITI
Staff Writer
Linda Roote, above, is the new associate dean of the School of Media Studies.      PHOTO BY JULIET KADZVITILinda Roote is the new associate dean of Media Studies.
The appointment was effective Aug. 19, A posting for the position was put up internally and Roote was the successful candidate.
Her term is one year which can be renewed if it suits her and the division.
“My main priority is to help everybody in the school of media do their jobs well.”
“This position is really a facilitator position,” said Roote.
“It is very early days so my first job is really to assess and have a look around and see what it is that we really need,”  she added.
Misheck Mwaba, dean of the School of Media Studies, said Roote has the attributes needed to fill the position.
“Linda is suited for this position because she demonstrates leadership capabilities. She knows the schools very well, she is respected by her colleagues, and, most importantly,...

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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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