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Durham College will be opening its doors again for the Spring Open House this Saturday, to give future students a look into student life on campus.
The school hosts two open houses a year, each for a different purpose. The fall open house gives prospective students a chance to find out about the school before beginning the application process. They can learn about the different programs the school has to offer and decide if it’s the right fit for them.
But the spring open house is aimed for a bit of a different group. The day allows students who have already been accepted to explore areas on campus, like the library and the gym, to get a feel for the campus and catch a glimpse of what student life at Durham College is like.
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“The more you know, the more informed you can be,” said Durham College and UOIT Student Association News and Media co-ordinator, Reisha Prasad about Social Justice Month. Prasad also sits on the board that came up with the idea.
Social Justice Month was brought about by the advocacy initiatives of the VP of University Affairs at the Student Association (SA), and the AVP of University Affairs, which represents the downtown area of the SA. The committee was formed with Durham College (DC), University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) students, making it all encompassing.
“With the variety of events taking place, I think it’s going to be really interesting for students to get involved and come check it out. It starts a conversation as well,” Prasad said.
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One of the many student-hosted shows that Riot Radio runs on a weekly basis is Dynamic Thought. This show is hosted by Syah Yan Zarrabi and Ryan Reed, two Digital Video production students in their first year.
“We talk about new ideas that can help the student body,” Yan Zarrabi said. The show was his idea, inspired by his parents.
“The show is based on my parent’s talks,” he said. “It’s what they’ve bombarded on me for years.” Reed is there to help translate the advice and knowledge in a way that everyone can understand but in a humorous way.
“We offer insight in a fun way,” Reed said about the subject of the show. “It’s not a boring thing. We do it in a way that people want to be a part of.”
Although they have only had four shows, they are eager and excited to continue producing their show.
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Submissions are no longer being accepted to Durham Ideas Den, a competition where finalists will pitch innovative ideas, on March 28, to a panel of judges. Students across Durham Region were invited to submit a proposal that addressed a social problem in the Durham Region while having the chance to win up to $5,000 at the same time.
Durham Ideas Den 2013 is Durham Region’s first social innovation challenge. This challenge was set out to get youth to come together, in teams of three, and submit their ideas for ventures that will help change the community for the better.
The teams had a choice of five different categories to choose from when coming up with an idea: climate change, transportation, youth engagement, image of region, and poverty. With 91 submissions to go through, the judges will be making their decision on the finalists on March 11. Six lucky teams will be chosen to carry on to the final round taking place on March 28, at 3p.m. at the Student Services building.
The six teams will present their proposals in front of a panel of three judges. Jason Vessel, a professor at Durham College and Omar Ramroop, Director of Learning at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, are confirmed as judges. The third judge has yet to be announced.
The overall winning team will take home $5,000, second place is $3,500, and third place is $2,500. The other finalists will also receive $1,000 each. All money awarded to the winning teams will go toward making their idea come to life.
The top three teams will get help from the Community Innovation Lab to develop their plan throughout the summer. Other teams who place in the top six will also be invited to take part in boot camps at the Innovation Lab to also help further their ideas.
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When it comes to following your passion, Tyson Ruck knows the directions.
A graduate of the pre-media and advertising programs at Durham College, Ruck is currently producing this year’s ‘I Heart DC’ video, to portray the campus from a student perspective.
Ruck started filming short-skit videos with his friends in 2006, but that eventually grew into taking part in 24 and 48-hour film challenges in Toronto.
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Controversy surrounds a campus event happening on May 10. The UOIT Faculty of Business and Information Technology, in partnership with Junior Chamber International Durham (JCI), will present a live broadcast of Chik-Fil-A’s Leadercast at The Regent Theatre.
The motivational speaking event happens once a year and is broadcast live from Atlanta.
Vice President of JCI Durham, John Black, said the group sees the Leadercast as an opportunity to bring a positive event to the community. “It provides a high level of speaker that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.”
A speaker like Condoleeza Rice, former US Secretary of State, would be a costly speaker on her own, so JCI Durham is excited to have the opportunity to broadcast talks from 10 other prominent figures as well. JCI chapters include young people, through membership, in projects trying to make a positive community impact. The fast-food chain sponsoring the event made headlines last year after its president, Dan Cathy, publicly spoke out against gay marriage.
“I think anything positive the speakers have to say is tarnished by the fact Chick-Fil-A is the title sponsor of the event,” says LGBT activist and former Durham College student, Nathan MacKinnon. “While they may not be benefiting financially from it their name and financial support is attached to it.”
Proceeds of the event will go to JCI and back into the community, says Black. However he admits the costs of hosting the event are so high little profit will be made. MacKinnon questions why the ticket costs are so high if the event is marketed toward students. Early bird tickets are 99 dollars, 149 dollars is the regular price.
Black said he has spoken with PFLAG director for Durham Region, Jayme Harper. The JCI Durham VP believes both parties want to do what is best for the community. A JCI Durham statement on the matter will be released later this evening. Harper wants to be clear that PFLAG has nothing against Durham College, UOIT or JCI, “They are great supporters of LGBT and diversity within the Durham Region. Our problem is with bringing Chick-Fil-A as a title sponsor to Canada, more so to a public event.”
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With the Reel Music Festival less than a month away, there will be more posters, announcements and signs on campus letting students know about this annual event.
Bands and solo musicians will be taking part in the festival created by the second-year Music Business Management students. Shows, such as Songs Revealed, Prescription 2 Rock and numerous other events will be held in local venues such as Wasted Space and E.P Taylor’s.
“Bands apply through the web page or to the specified emails given on the posters,” said third-year MBM student Luke Molica. “From there applicants go through a judging panel where it is then decided who will be featured.”
There are two different auditions that hopefuls will have to complete in order to make “the cut.” As in previous years, bands and artists selected for the showcases are split into genres. The genres will be split into different venues.
The event does include more than just performances. There are also videos, conferences and trade shows. Students organize everything, including ticket sales, bookings and promotions.
Students can see these acts and many more music-related shows all over town from April 3 to 6th. There will be some events in March including Songs Revealed, taking place Thursday, March 15 in the campus Marketplace.
For more information about the festival and to see who will be performing, you can check out the website at reelmusicfestival.com.
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