FORE! This man is driving success all the way to Spain

March 16th, 2010 | Sports | 1 Comment »

Story, images and audio by Shayna Brown

Mike Duggan stands proudly beside his wall of golf balls and his souvenir from his time coaching Team Canada in 2008

It’s one thing to be able to do something you love for a living, but it’s another to take something you love and turn it into a world of success and triumph for not only yourself but the people around you.

Mike Duggan has taken his passion for golf and turned it into a stream of success with this season being his 12th season as the golf coach here at Durham College. It’s interesting, he explained, because he got the position by a fluke.

Budget cuts in the early nineties had left the Golf Program discontinued, but Duggan was given the opportunity to re-introduce it. He was coaching girl’s basketball at the time, but a father of a Durham College student made an offer to the Athletics Department that Duggan couldn’t refuse.

“This dad came in and said I will help sponsor the golf team if you bring it back. We didn’t have a golf coach or anything like that, so I said, ‘I golf. I’d love to do it.’ And that was the start of it.”

The man’s son was Brian McNair, who is now the head professional at St. Andew’s Valley East Golf Course.

From the time when Duggan re-started the Golf Program in the 1996-97 season, it has grown from recruiting students to play golf to now, where the program is ranked number three in Ontario and top ten in Canada.

Duggan has grown alongside the program and changed the life of golf for college students. He took Canadian college golf teams from competing provincially to nationally by starting the CCAA PING National Golf Championships.

“Golf has come full circle in the OCAA and now all of a sudden we have it across Canada”

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A hole in one for Duggan

The next biggest thing in his years as coach, he explained, was going to South Africa with Team Canada for the World Golf University Championships as the assistant coach. There Duggan got to work beside the head coach, Ray Chateau from Humber College, who is his mentoring coach.

“I learn so much from him when we were in South Africa, I thought this was the greatest thing,” he explained. “You get to put the Canadian flag on your chest and you’re representing Canada. It’s not hockey or anything like that, but its’ still that exciting feeling.”

This year Duggan has been named to Team Canada again to join them in Spain for another world championship.

Through all his success and ventures during his time as golf coach here at Durham he said his players and their success and their joy is the most rewarding part of the job.

“The biggest thing is that it’s all about the kids. They are the ones that bring the success…As long as they had fun doing what we do, that’s the most important part. But I still want that National Championship,” he said laughing, “that’s the ultimate goal.”

You might be ready to hit the beach, but is your body?

March 9th, 2010 | News | No Comments »

Video by Shayna Brown

Between Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner and all the treats people managed to shovel down their gullet over the winter, it’s not uncommon to find a few extra pounds when you start taking off the winter wear. And with all the warm weather we’ve been having it’s no secret that summer is just around the corner. Check out some quick tips for getting your body ready for the beach.

Don’t fear the end of the year

March 2nd, 2010 | News | No Comments »

Story, image and audio by Shayna Brown

Get control of your stress, before the stress gets control of you

Spring break is over, school is back in session and we’re in it for the long haul home. And with the school year winding down, it’s crunch time. It’s time to put those finishing touches on major projects, get those last few assignments in and start studying for final exams. With everything mounting at school it can be a stressful time for students, but you don’t have to rip your hair out and lose your mind if you learn how to manage it.

“One of the most important things is prevention; staying in control of your stress and planning ahead, said Mary-Alice Harvey, a mental health nurse at Durham College. “Often as a student we end up with a great procrastination skill … which is not a good skill to have because you end up working constantly under stress.”

She outlined a few simple things students can do at this time of year to keep calm, cool and collected.


Look at your life and learn how to manage and reduce things in your life that cause you stress. Learn how to say no and don’t take on more than you can handle.


Put off things that are due next week and finish the assignments that are due first. Organize your time and plan out what you need to do so that you have a sufficient amount of time to produce your best work.


Take some ‘you’ time and relax. Read a book, do some yoga, go for a walk, listen to some music or even hang out with friends. Just take time for yourself.


Try your best to eat a well-balanced diet, including lots of fruits and vegetables. Drinking lots of water is also very important. When you are stressed you should be drinking more than the recommended 8 glasses a day.


When you are stressed your body produces a hormone called cortisol, and exercise is good for you because it produces the antidote for the stress hormone. Try to incorporate exercise into your day wherever possible.

“Stress management is just that, managing your stress, taking control,” said  Harvey.  “Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.”

Click here to see why breakfast and lots of sleep are an important part of managing your stress.

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Sex with humans is so yesterday

February 9th, 2010 | News | No Comments »

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Sex robots are taking over the sex toy world.

Let’s talk sex toys. Sex toys have been around for a long time. They can be kinky and erotic. They can add some spice in the bedroom. They can even suffice in lonely times of need. But where do we draw the line?

A US inventor has come out with a sex robot. Yes, a robot that you have sex with. This crosses the line. I mean, have we become so socially inept that we cannot even find companionship with another human being and we have to turn to robots for sex?

The sex robot has blown blow-up dolls out of the water and one-upped the people who came out with Real Dolls in 1996, which were basically more realistic blow-up dolls. This guy has taken sex dolls to a whole new level.

Thanks to this guy, men who have girl troubles can say goodbye to Palmala Handerson and hello to Roxxxy. She is a sex robot or virtual girlfriend if that name sits better with you. Regardless of what you want to call it, it is what it is. It is a creepily life-like robot designed for the single purpose of sex.

She looks real to the eye and her entire body is made of a hypoallergenic silicone. There is even a motor in her chest that blows heated air throughout the robot’s body to keep it warm to the touch. Roxxxy can also be contorted into almost any natural position.

To top that off, Roxxxy can talk, which includes talking dirty. And as if that wasn’t enough, she has multiple personalities to chose from, which range from ‘Frigid Farrah’ to ‘Wild Wendy.’

More disturbing than the fact that people have already pre-ordered this sexbot is the fact that when you order one on his website,, you get to chose all her features. You can pick everything from her skin colour, eye colour and hair cut to her pubic hair colour and style.

I get that the dating world is a tough one and not every guy is Rico Suave when it comes to the ladies, but have we really come to the point where people have to pay $7,000 for some love? It’s like having your own personal prostitute at your disposal. Frankly it’s sad and disturbing.

With technology becoming more and more advanced it’s only a matter of time before some other guy one-ups Roxxxy with an even more life-like robotic girlfriend. As for the future, well, if  we thought the dating world was tough before, there’s going to be some stiffer competition.

Check out this You Tube video about Roxxxy

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