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On March 18 students were invited to shoot some hoops in the Durham College pit and Jordan Hall, a second-year Sports Management student, explained the meaning behind this event.
“We have the basketball net set-up that people can shoot with, as well we have an online NCAA bracket for March Madness happening right now.” March Madness is the big college basketball tournament that takes place in the United States. He explained how people who are interested can go through Yahoo or ESPN, create a bracket, fill it out and try to guess who’s going to win it.
“It’s part of our program we have to hold events, every semester. Last semester I was part of a group that did a yoga event and this semester we’re doing 3 on 3-tournament of basketball.”
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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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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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As the semester comes to a close, graduation approaches for thousands of Durham College students. But for many of those students the graduation process is a bit of a mystery. Some students have been surprised to find out that they are required to apply to graduate in the first place. This should be done through the administrative services tab on MyCampus before Tuesday, April 16, and is necessary for students even if they do not plan to attend the convocation ceremony in June.
The application ensures that there is a diploma or certificate created for each graduating student, but there is no additional fee to apply.
“The graduation fee of approximately $32.65 is paid in the student’s ancillary fees in the first semester of the program,” said Michelle Pigeon, Associate Registrar at Durham College. “There is no additional cost at the time when you apply to graduate.”
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Chad Brownlee (MDM Recordings Inc./ Universal Music Canada) has had a great few months in the country music world. He was nominated in 2012 for a Canadian Country Music Award in the Male Artist of the Year category and performed live on the nationally-broadcast awards show on the CBC last September.
Brownlee is currently touring through Canada and is making a stop in the Durham Region on March 13th. Tickets are now on sale at the Tuck Shop for $7.00 for students and $10.00 for guests. If any tickets are left over from the advance sale, they will be available at the door for students at $10.00 and $15.00 for guests. The event is all ages but get your tickets fast because there is limited space available and only one guest per student.
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Some students may have already started the count down to Reading Week as final projects and exams are on the horizon. Some will be leaving the structured nest that is school, while others are up against at least another year. Stress and anxiety can thrive on these facts of life.
Research done by Statistics Canada shows that stress rises with age until around 55 years old, when it begins to decline. The organization’s research also finds that physically active Canadians reported feeling less mental stress.
Michael Mackenzie is a Durham College student in the Welding Techniques program. He started in September 2012 after being out of school for almost ten years.
“It’s a huge change,” says Mackenzie. “I’ve never done post-secondary education, so I didn’t know what to expect.”