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Hello Badgers,

It’s that time of year again! The halls of Academic South are bustling with political campaigns and dollar store candy. This represents an extremely important opportunity for each student – with your vote, you possess the power to elect candidates that represent your beliefs and ideals.

The process of voting remains as easy as ever, with a link being sent directly to your student account. Voting begins on February 9th and will end on February 11th.

I know what you’re thinking:

This website will provide you full candidate interviews, profiles, platforms and more to help you make an educated and informed decision.

A honey badger might not care, but a honey badger does vote!

Thanks for reading,

Ryan

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Ever heard of an R.A. (residence assistant) in residence? Here at Brock we call them Dons!

I am currently in my first year being a don so let me tell you a little bit of what we (there’s 68 of us!) do.

Step one (before you even arrive) is to connect with you and answer any questions you may have. One of the easiest ways to connect with us is through ExperienceBU. Once you have your BrockID and login, you’re welcome to join! If you are accepted into residence be sure to look for your area’s group on this page

On move in day, we are right there on the front lines moving you in, directing you, and answering any questions you or your parents have!

A group of RLS (Residence Life Staff) waiting for new students on move in day 2015!

Through out the year we are responsible for creating a safe community where you are able to sleep, study and socialize in order to be successful in your first year here! In order to do that we also provide you with weekly meetings to keep you updated on all the fun and exciting stuff going on in residence and across campus.

Through out your time here we will also create fun events around what YOU  want! This year my students are really into sports, so I am in the process of connecting with on campus departments to see what kind of shenanigans we can get into.

Overall, we’re here for you. Miss home? We gotchu. Don’t know how to cook? We gotchu. Struggling in class? We can help!

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Well Future Badgers, you’ve done it!

You’ve made it all the way to second semester! This is the time to take a deep breath and trust that it’s a new chapter in your book of life. A new semester is like a new year! It’s like a second time in a month that you get to turn over a new leaf!!

It’s time to right wrongs and learn from your mistakes. It’s time to actually do your homework when you say that you’re going to and take time out of your day to study for your exams. It’s time to let go of the people who bring you down and let the people who lift you up into your life.

Take some time for you this semester. Try not to get all stressed out about assignments, tests, exams, marks, and all of those other things that add stress to your life. Instead, take a night, maybe even just a couple of hours in the night to take a break, draw a bath, do some yoga! Play a board game, read a good book, drink some warm apple cider, whatever floats your boat!

The most important thing this semester is that you make it the semester of you. Stop focusing on what makes you unhappy and start focusing on what makes you smile! Take a deep breath, tell yourself that it will all be okay, and rest assured that at the end of the day, it will be!

Brock On, Badgers!

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Playing Intramural sports is a great was to get involved at Brock and have a great time. Its okay to trip and fall or miss the ball because it’s all in fun and games. It is a great way to meet new friends or even build a stronger relationship with your teammates. I have never played volleyball in my life so when my friends asked me to join an intramaural volleyball team last year this was my face…

But…despite not being the “best” volleyball player, it was one of the best parts of my first year. My friends and I put together a team and played one game every Sunday. There were many memories made that my teammates and I will never forget. Those include the many laughs of me obliviously missing the ball or not being able to serve the ball over the net but it made it that much more fun :)

Brock is home to a variety of intramural sport leagues open to all Brock students. Intramurals are ideal for both competitive athletes and recreational participants as there are different leagues you can join. We offer a a variety of popular men’s, women’s and co-ed sports like basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball and some unique ones like underwater hockey.

Future Badgers I want to encourage all of you to join an intramural sports team. You can sign up with a few friends by putting together a team or you can sign up as an individual. It’s a great way to meet new people, and provides an exciting way to stay active and get some exercise. Brock also hires students to act as officials and convenors.

To find out more information about Intramurals at Brock, Click Here

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Hey baby badgers!

Do you have a passion to perform, observe critically, paint, or collaborate on music? Well if you answered yes to any of these questions then the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) is perfect for you!

The MIWSFPA opened to the public on September 18th, 2015. This building was once used to manufacture haircloth, and was the last haircloth building in Ontario. (Take a video tour here).

The Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is home to over 500 students who are currently enrolled in a Dramatic Arts, Music, Studies In Arts and Culture, or Visual Arts program or are enrolled in any Fine Arts course(s).

Current Dramatic Arts student Yasmeen found that “The Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is a place where creativity is found and encouraged, where students can work on exploring and improving on skills in the arts! Having this building downtown helps students connect to the St. Catharines community”

Also, current badger Krista believes that the Marilyn I Walker building is “An amazing opportunity for students with similar passions to be in an innovative and inspiring building in a central part of St. Catharines. It has provided the students with an area to collaborate with one another in a rich cultural environment”

With a building like this there are a lot of events to look forward to. For example this past weekend the Marilyn I Walker Building held an Active Citizenship: Drama & Applied theatre: Symposium. Also, located on the first floor of the building is our Art Gallery which features works from current Brock Badgers, Faculty and even Alumni! (To learn about more events taking place at the beautiful Marilyn I Walker School Of Fine And Performing Arts check out my next blog coming soon).

Well Arties, thats all I have for today! I hope you all have a chance to visit the MIWSFPA, as I mentioned it is now open to the public so come on by and take a look around I promise you will not be disappointed!

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Hello again Badgers

I thought today I would talk to you a bit about studying and a method that I found to be very effective. Now I know we all have our own ways to be studious. After we get through that hour and a half binge of netflix-watching or facebook stalking we’re just about ready to start reading our 18 page paper for Sociology of families (sounds interesting doesn’t it)

I know, I know ..it’s definitely hard to click the pause button on that oh-so-interesting tv show, but you’ll thank me later.

One of the ways that like to study or do homework is with some friends. Since I have most of my classes with some close friends, it can come in really handy when there’s an exam coming up. I mean, it doesn’t always have to end up like this:

If you are committed enough and encouraging each other, studying with friends does not have to be a bad thing! For me, I find it can be a positive experience as friends can motivate you to “keep truckin’ along”. As well, it’s always fun to think of creative study breaks you can have as incentives to working diligently without being distracted.

All this to say, whether you study alone or with a group, make sure you take advantage of the many places you can study at Brock. Whether it’s the ITS computer commons, the different floors in the library, booking a study room, or sitting in General Brock, there is always a place to study and be productive!

Practice good studying skills and productivity now future Badgers, it will pay off!!!

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Hey friends!

If you’re nervous about coming to Brock because maybe you feel like it’s in the “middle of nowhere”, don’t speak too fast. I know a lot of people seem to compare Brock to other universities that may be in big cities with a lot of surrounding restaurants and fun things to do. But little do they know, Brock has all of that and more! In my opinion, Brock is in the perfect location. It’s located in St.Catharines on the top of Glenridge Hill which means you can quickly access downtown St.Catharines, Thorald, Niagara Falls and surounding areas. All of these places are fairly close and accessible by taking a city bus that leaves straight from the tower at Brock University!

To start off, if you do end up coming to Brock whether for a campus tour or to start off your university degree, you should definitely visit Beechwood Donuts. Beechwood has some of the most delicious donuts you’ll ever taste, whether you like chai tea latte, banana chocolate fritter, oreo, banana peanut butter, nanaimo bar, there’s a delicious donut for everyone!

Another one of my favourite hotspots around St.Catharines is Mahtay Cafe. Mahtay has various delicious drinks and yummy treats. As well, its a great place to study or hangout with some friends and play a board game. Depending on the night you go, there’s usually something going on such as an open mic night, poetry slam, or local band. 

Or maybe you have more of an appetite and you’re with your family after a long day, trying to find somewhere to eat dinner. The Works is an amazing burger joint in downtown St.Catharines that will be sure to satisfy your hunger needs! There are many different burger options, even a burger with peanut butter on it (sounds weird, but you never know until you try!)

The best part about all of these places is that they are downtown and super accessible for those of you hoping to live on residence at Brock or off-campus in St.Catharines. If you’d like to try any of these places all you have to do is catch the 16 Glenridge bus from the Brock tower, and use your student card to get on! The bus will end up at the downtown terminal where your future favourite cafe or restaurant will be steps away!

That’s all for know! I hope this blog post didn’t make you too hungry.. I know it did for me.

See you soon future badgers!

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As I mentioned earlier friends, the decision time is coming! I have told you why I’ve chosen Brock, but more important is why YOU should chose Brock. Here is a list of reasons why I think you should chose Brock Unveristy as your new home:

1) We’re only an hour drive from the GTA- this means that where ever home is for you, its accessible! Simply take a single bus directly from Brock to the Toronto Bus terminal and you can access anywhere from Windsor all the way up to Timmins!

2) There are plenty of places to live in the area! Whether residence is your thing, or living in an apartment or house better fits your styles- there is lots to choose from!

3) We are right down the road from Niagara Falls . Even if you’ve been there before, there’s always something new to discover; and why not bring your friends?

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4) We have seminars. Most universities have the general lecture style set up, but here at Brock the majority of our classes are also accompanied by seminars which is when the lecture is broken down into groups of 20 with a teaching assistant to be able to go deeper into course content.

5) There are so many unique traditions here you won’t want to miss! Something to watch for is the Grape Stomp unique to Niagara’s wine country. Local wineries donate barrels of grapes, students and staff create teams, dress up, and stomp the grapes!

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Hellllooooooo Badgers!!

I hope it was a lovely weekend for you all and that you had a Happy Tuesday this week!

Today, I’ll be talking about something that is important to you (whether you know it or not yet), all Badgers, and university students across the board: Note-Taking! It’s a long-standing debate among education, psychological, cognitive and many other scholars across the world right now, and one that may effect you as you move your way on up to Brock: are handwritten or computer notes the way to go?
Each do, of course, have their pros and cons.

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Newspapers across the continent like the Toronto Star or The Globe and Mail will tell you that taking notes on your laptop prevents you from sorting what’s important and what’s not. You’ll just take down everything that your professor is lecturing about, simply because they are saying it. Whereas when taking written notes, you’re forced to sort through what you want to write down and what you probably don’t need to, because we all want to avoid that hand cramp!

Of course, these articles advocate heavily for the use of pen-to-paper notes in class, which would avoid students getting distracted by outside influences (such as Facebook) however when you have students who have grown up on a laptop, how can professors reasonably expect us to be able to take “proper” notes complete with shorthand and just the important enough information to carry us through exam season.

My argument for laptop notes then rests in the face that these types of notes have the ability to be a multimedia front through which we can learn. When you consider the different types of learning out there, we can see that not everyone learns in the same way (listening to the professor-comprehending the important information-translating it into shorthand-getting a better grasp on the learned material-allowing for recall when it comes to the exam season). There are some people out there who would rather watch a YouTube video with cartoons and an voiceover to better understand the material, because that’s just how they get it. Laptop notes, especially with available apps such as Evernote and even the updated Apple Notes allow for students to cut and paste audiovisual extras into their notes that paper notes simply can’t do. This way, students can grab the extras that will help them better understand the material being taught and better study in the long-run.

Well, there you have it Badgers! The eNote vs. Ye Olde Note debate. Which side do you stand on?

Brock On, Badgers!

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a chance to receive money based on being ourselves? Well, it’s your lucky day! You can access an application called the “OneApp” through your Brock portal. The OneApp allows you to apply for multiple scholarships and bursaries in just one shot. You can choose if you’d like to answer questions based on financial need, volunteer/life experience, background information, etc… I’m sure it’s not just me who loves getting money! Make sure you apply by the deadline, March 31st!

Need a bit extra? Don’t forget about the Ontario Students Assistance Program (OSAP)! OSAP helps students who are in need of some financial assistance. It consists of a loan based on your level of financial need as well as a 30% off tuition bursary. The great thing is you don’t have to start paying off the loan until six months AFTER you have finished your post-secondary education.

So say YES to money and apply for the OneApp and OSAP!

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