In this week’s DC News webcast: arrests cap a scary home invasion near campus, Pangea takes to the stage and all the rest of your sports and entertainment updates. This week’s webcast was produced by Ray McNeil and the associate producer was Phil Petrovski.
Josh Golin, First year ECE student filling out his Shop & Win ballot.
Story, photo and video by Ashley Anthony
The campus tuck shops, along with the Student Association, are putting on a student appreciation event this week at DC and UOIT, giving full-time students a chance win an iPad mini.
Shop & Win runs from January 21st to the 25th and all students have to do is purchase any item from the north campus, the Whitby campus or downtown campus tuck shops to participate .
“There are three iPads to be won, one at each location,” said Jennifer Neitzel, coordinator of retail services at Durham College and UOIT.
Students receive one ballot per transaction and the draw for the iPad mini is on Monday, January 28th.
“The student will get a call Monday and they will have five days to come pick up their prize,” said Neitzel, “If they don’t come pick it up then we will draw a new name.”
Along with the draw all of the tuck shops have special on-sale items including large dollar coffees and pop, dollar chocolate bars and gum packs and $2.50 Monster energy drinks. Products and prices may very by location but each tuck shop has specialty items on sale for students.
“The winner has to be a current student at either Durham College or UOIT with a valid student card,” said Neitzel. “If you don’t want to purchase anything all you have to do is just fill out a questionnaire and we will give you a ballot to enter the draw.”
The draw ballots will not be given to students who purchase GO Transit passes or a refill on Durham Transit Presto passes. For your chance to win visit a Tuck Shop close to you!
Story, Image and Video By Nancy Ellis
Trying to find the time to study can be hard enough, finding a place to study can be much harder. At the Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) library there are group study rooms available for students to enjoy while talking, and discussing projects and sipping on lidded drinks. Librarian Technician Anne Muir describes the group study rooms as “pretty much sound proof,” but that doesn’t mean students can shout – they should keep the volume at the level the library dictates on each floor.
The group rooms can be found on the second and third floor and are “popular year-round but around exams they are really popular,” Muir said. They “vary in size” and can accommodate four to eight people. Students can book a room up to 20 times per semester with a student card, she said. Students must book a day in advance and it’s necessary to have the names of two to three people to book a room, depending on the room size. “No eating or drinking is allowed, but drinks with lids are allowed,” Muir said. There are photos of each of the 10 rooms online for students to best pick the ones that suit their needs.
Story, image and video by Mickey Djuric.
When the famous Kony 2012 video came out last week it created a firestorm of passion, tears, fury, and criticism. No matter where one stood on the video, it sparked discussion and action.
Chelsey Mandaric, a UOIT Communications student, knows this first hand as she is set to make Joseph Kony famous in Durham Region.
After watching the video Mandaric was inspired to become part of the movement. “The point of the video is to make people aware,” said Mandaric, who has previously worked with Free The Children. “Nothing inspired them until this video went viral. It’s not about the money or even the cause. It’s about finding out what we don’t know. It’s about awareness.”
Photo and image by Brea Bartholet
It’s almost that time of year again, where aspiring graduates are making their final push to the finish. But where will everyone celebrate his or her hard-earned achievement? Convocation of course and all information about this year’s June event can be found at the Countdown to Grad.
Countdown to Grad is being held on March 6, from 11 to 2 p.m. in Gym 3 at Durham College. Whitby’s will be held on March 8 from 11 to 1 p.m. Lori Connor, the Alumni Relations Officer on campus, says that students will be able to learn more about what the alumni association has to offer and what being an alumni member means.
Laptops will be set up in the gym for those who have not yet applied to graduate. Connor stressed the importance of applying online, and volunteers will be available to show students how to do so if they are unsure of the application process. But that’s not the only perk to attending Countdown to Grad.
Story and photo composite by Kate Kemp
Reading Week is a time for studying and catching up on assignments, but it’s also a time when students party.
For some students Reading Week means staying on campus but with the E.P. Taylor’s closed during the break where can students go for a pint to relieve some stress?
Also, some students live in Durham Region and come to the college to visit friends who are living here or staying over the break. If they want to go out for a beer they have to take their business some place else. This could mean taking a bus down to the Crooked Uncle or even farther.
Video by Brea Bartholet.
Chelsie Lalonde, UOIT Business librarian, explains how the Campus Library can be a great spot to study. She also gives students some of her own advice on how to stay focused during exam period.
Story and image by Brea Bartholet.
Where has all of the decency gone? Why are some students, and please make it clear that I’m not talking about everyone, being so inconsiderate? It seems as though making extra room on the Taunton East and West buses for one another is just too difficult. I wasn’t aware that being polite was such a nuisance.
I’m identifying this bus line because I have been on others, such as the Simcoe and Rossland. I’ve never experienced the lack of consideration on those buses as much as I have on the Taunton line, however I am going to make the assumption that this is because the Taunton line is the busiest route for students.
Story and image by Nathan MacKinnon
The Student Association is holding its annual election and if there’s one message you should take from it all it’s this: VOTE!
Voter turnout in the SA election dipped below 10 per cent last year to a jaw-dropping 8. That was when students could vote wherever they liked as long as they had an Internet connection, but that has changed this year and may affect the turnout even more.
The only interaction you may think you have with the SA is attending events they put on throughout the year, but take a look at your tuition invoice and take note of the fees you pay into the organization (they all collectively add up to more than a million dollars).
Story, image and video by Mickey Djuric.
The music was pumping out of the speakers, students were belting out and it’s all called homework for the Music Business Management (MBM) students at Durham College.
MBM students put together an open mic day at E.P. Taylor’s on February 6 as part of their course load called an initiative. There are 16 initiatives in total that combined replicate a mock music industry here on campus.
The initiatives are designed to give students hands-on experience before entering into their field.