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  • 5 Christmas gifts on a university student budget

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    Written by: Cate Talaue

    Cue the Christmas music – It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    If you’re tight on funds, as the student life experience demands, the following gifts on a budget will surely catch your thrifty eyes.

    1. “Is there going to be food?”

    There have been many instances in which I had been enticed to attend a get together or a party, but before I commit, I always ask “Is there going to be food at this thing?” When the answer is “yes”, I’m there! A shortage of food in the fridge has become something that students know all too well and with that being said, you can never go wrong with gifting someone their favourite food. Kick it up a notch by being creative with presentation. Wrap it up in colourful ribbons, stick it in a jar, douse the box in glitter, the possibilities are truly endless. If you’re a good bargain hunter (aka dollar store fanatic), the food and the materials should be little to no cost for yourselves.
    Cost: $1 – $15

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    1. A little taste of everything

    Over the years, I have found that saving a buck or two meant buying more. I mean it! In other words, instead of buying one large gift, buy several small things that cater to that special someone’s interests. Shopping for a tea-lover? Grab a mug, some cookies, and a few different teas. Sports fan? A couple of different sports magazines and a sports-themed Christmas ornament. Someone who loves anything and everything? This is the easiest of all – literally grab a bunch of neat stuff and package them nicely. Put them in a basket, stuff them in a personalized stocking, or wrap it in cellophane with some festive ribbon, and voila – a care package with diversity instead of debt!
    Cost: $1 – $20

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    1. Baby, it’s cold outside

    This suggestion is as straight forward as it’s going to get – a one-sie. When the tough gets going and the going gets tough, a students’ top priority is to feel warm and comfortable, especially during finals season. Most of us haven’t even been inside a one-sie since we were babies but I kid you not, it is the coziest piece of clothing you will ever wear. Wear it to bed, wear it to lounge in; just don’t wear it to school (yes, I’m talking to you pajama-pant wearers). Heck, you might as well buy two since you’re out and about – one for the person you’re shopping for and another for yourself. One-sies have become pretty popular in the last couple of years, so you’re sure to find one that caters to their interests, be it a Superman or a cupcake one-sie. Who knows, maybe ugly Christmas one-sie parties will catch on!
    Cost: $15 – $25

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    1. DIY’s are your BFFs

    Remember those macaroni pictures that you used to make as a kid? You know, the ones that your parents loved so much so they’ve kept them all this time? Bring out that little kid in you because it’s time to get a little craftier and break out those creative skills over the holidays. If you’ve happened to already exhaust yourself from all of the thinking you’ve had to do with those papers and exams, have no fear, for Pinterest and Tumblr are here! A few clicks here and there and you’ll find something that will literally scream off the page, “This is definitely for my special someone!” Scrapbooks, homemade fudge, a chalkboard mug, picture frames, shadow boxes, or maybe it’s even as simple as a pretty 3D card. The beauty in this gift is that you don’t need to break the bank by going to Michael’s for supplies; the dollar store will do just fine! Believe it or not, whatever you decide to make is already special because you made it.
    Cost: $0 – $10

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    1. Half the battle is waiting

    I will have you know that this is more of a shopping tip than an actual gift, but I can guarantee you that it’ll keep that last little bit of money in your pockets. Are you ready for the last, but not least gift idea? Online shopping! Over the holidays, most websites cut the shipping costs and almost always have deals that you wouldn’t necessarily find in stores. You’ll even find items that are online exclusive, which are on sale! You can stay in that one-sie you bought earlier and shop from the comforts of your bed without having to push and heave those eager, sweaty customers to get what you need. Take a load off, open up your web browser and get to shopping! With the money you save from the online deals and free shipping, it should be enough to repeat these gift ideas to complete the rest your Christmas list.
    Cost: Depends

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    At the end of the day, the holidays are a special time of year to spend with those you love. As I always say, maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store… maybe, perhaps, Christmas means a little bit more. Wait, it was the Grinch. The Grinch said that.

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, Badgers!

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  • This Week In Niagara… December 12th, 2014

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    Written by: Sandy Howe

    As we count down the last few days of exams before the holidays begin, we can start mapping out how we’re actually going to spend the December break. If you’ve never done it before, and you are looking for a BIG experience, I have one suggestion for your break:

    • Ring in the New Year in Niagara! Queen Victoria Park overlooks the Falls and is the largest free New Year’s celebration in Canada. Every year this event features big-name free concerts and of course, fireworks. Bundle up, gather your friends, and head down to catch Keith Urban, Nick Jonas, Lights and Shawn Mendes with more than 40,000 others!!

    Have a safe and happy holiday and we’ll see you in 2015 for another great year! Perhaps resolve to get out and #ExploreNiagara?!

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  • This Week In Niagara… December 5th, 2014

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    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With classes complete and exam time in full swing, campus is filled with quiet focus, anxious chatter, and a lot of sweatpants! This can be a stressful time of year with final papers due, cramming to be done and all with the thought that the holiday break is just around the corner.

    I hope that in all of this, whether a student, or not, everyone can find some time for balance. The stresses of the season can come in many forms and all that “hustle and bustle” can leave us feeling drained when really, we all have good things in our lives, large or small, to find a moment to celebrate. To help find balance, and to appreciate the joys in life, here are some things happening this week to take advantage of in our amazing region:

    • Candlelight Stroll, Niagara-on-the-Lake (Queen Street) – Friday, December 5 at 6:00pm. Participate in this guided stroll winding through the historical town, accompanied by local choirs singing carols, and other seasonal entertainment. Stop in the shops that line the main street to pick up a gift or smell and tastes the goodies of the season!
    • Christmas by the Falls, Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls – Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7 from 10:00am-5:00pm ($5 entrance fee). Catch over 100 vendors with items including, arts and crafts, baking, clothing, jewelry, purses and accessories, cookware, specialty foods, bath and body products, and much more! See chocolate demonstrations, experience hairstyling on-site and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
    • Fireworks at the Falls – Go see the Falls and also catch fireworks displays every Friday evening at 9pm (December 5, 12 and 19) before it gets kicked into high gear with shows at 9pm nightly December 22-26.
    • Winter Festival of Lights – Visit Niagara Falls and drive from the bottom of Clifton Hill past the falls to Dufferin Island and beyond for a great lightshow experience! Join more than 1.5 visitors that take this spectacle in every year and see millions of lights displayed creatively as part of this festival tradition that has been a staple for more than 30 years. There is no admission cost, but donations are appreciated.

    Remember: studies show that our minds need breaks in order to stay alert, productive, and to process the information coming in, so all the more reason to schedule in some time for fun! Best wishes to students as you finish your semester, and don’t forget to take some time away from studying to #ExploreNiagara and relax.

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  • This Week In Niagara… November 28th, 2014

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    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With the end of classes just about here, this weekend being the American Thanksgiving holiday, and the holidays quickly approaching, it can only mean one thing – SHOPPING!

    Over the last couple of years, Canada has slowly started joining American stores of their Thanksgiving weekend to offer sales to shoppers. This has been picking up and this year, sales are at their best yet! Whether it’s electronics or clothing, something you need to replace at home or have been waiting for a sale to buy, or just getting prepared for holiday gift-giving in advance, now is the time to get out to malls and stores to take advantage of great deals!

    Shopping highlights this week:

    • The Pen Centre – the four day sale lasts from Thursday-Sunday, November 30 with stores having deals up to 50% or even 70% off items. Visit the website for extended mall hours Friday and Saturday, and if you spend $100 or more, stop by the guest services area with your receipts to win additional great prizes
    • Go on-line – many of the big-box stores are having great on-line sales includes “Cyber Monday” (December 1st) as a great day to score a deal on-line. Watch for free shipping and/or returns and do this from the comfort of your couch!
    • The Outlet Collection at Niagara – our brand new outlets are also hosting sales this Friday! The “Black Friday One Day Wonder” begins at 7am with the first 200 shoppers receiving a $10 gift card. All shoppers can also have a chance to win a $25,000 shopping spree by texting in the key word displayed at Guest Services located by the Tim Horton’s.

    Enjoy this festive shopping weekend and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • This Week In Niagara… November 14th, 2014

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    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With snow softly falling, the seasons are shifting and with this come plenty of great events that happen in Niagara throughout the winter months. Take some time to get out and experience these annual favourites, do some shopping, or just relax in the positive, festive atmosphere.

    Coming up this weekend are:

    • Thorold Christmas Arts & Craft Show – Saturday & Sunday, November 15 & 16 from 10am-4pm at Thorold Secondary School (St. David’s Rd. at Ormond St. North, Thorold). Join more than 80+ juried artists and artisans at this popular event and find everything from stained glass, jewelry, clothing, original art and woodwork, metal art, toys, home décor, baking and sweet treats and more. Admission is $2 and all proceeds support Thorold Secondary School.
    • Handmade Market – Friday – Sunday, November 14-16 from 11am-4pm daily at Honsberger Estate in Jordan, ON (4060 Jordan Rd. – 1 minute from Jordan Village. Park and take free shuttle). Find 7000 sq. ft. of covered outdoor space with 80+ artisan vendors featuring artisans offering: jewellery, hand-sewn bags, fashion accessories, preserves, natural bath + body products, original art, home decor, leather goods, hand bound books, live music, wine and beer by the glass and more! Also enjoy fresh baked pizzas from Honsberger’s outdoor wood fired pizza oven.

    Have a great week getting out for some unique experiences in the region and #ExploreNiagara.

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  • This Week In Niagara… November 6th, 2014

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    Written by: Sandy Howe

    This week let’s keep it simple and focus on one thing this week: kindness. It really is that easy.

    This is one of my favourite times of the year to be living in Niagara, as I find the spirit of Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAK) uplifting. Here are the details of the day and an additional event happening in Niagara you may want to check out:

    • Random Acts of Kindness Day in Niagara: Friday, November 7th and beyond! With today being Random Acts of Kindness Day across Niagara, happiness and positivity is radiating on the campus and beyond. It doesn’t need to take much time or cost anything to do something nice for another, a stranger or friend alike. Take a moment today to do something nice or pay it forward! Don’t forget to use #rakday #rakdayniagara or post to the Facebook link above with what you did for someone else or what someone may have done for you!
    • Hernder 20th Annual Craft Show: Friday – Sunday, November 7-9 from 10am-5pm daily. Check out two floors of vendors, wine tasting, homemade goodies such as strudel, fudge, gourmet pizzas, meats, and jams and jellies, stain glass, sewing, knit sweaters, purses, floral, Christmas items and decorations, painted glassware, jewelry, soy candles and much more! In lieu of admission, help a local family with non-perishable food items or a donation to Community Care (this could be a random act of kindness you do for the community!).

    Remember, “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

    Have a great week and #ExploreNiagara!

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  • 20 Cheap and Easy Random Acts of Kindness

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    Written by: Alyssa Berardocco

    It’s the time of the year that every university student dreads…midterms, writing papers, and getting sick (to name a few), but these shouldn’t prevent us from being nice to one another or performing random acts of kindness. Here are a few ideas to make the world a better place, one random act of kindness at a time.

    1. Bring a box of Timbits (or leftover Halloween candy) to your seminar (especially the early morning ones).
    2. “Like” photos on Instagram or status updates on Facebook and leave positive comments.
    3. Take out your headphones and start a conversation with a person on the bus.
    4. Call someone you love and thank them for everything they’ve done for you.
    5. Send your friend a cute meme. (Hint, hint)
    6. Save a life, donate blood.
    7. Wash the dirty dishes in your sink. (You’ve seen how busy your roommates are; why not lend a helping hand?)
    8. Buy a bag of chips or a chocolate bar from a vending machine on campus but leave it for the next person.
    9. Donate your old clothes to a local homeless shelter.
    10. Pick up trash and throw it out in the appropriate receptacles.
    11. Share study notes for a midterm or exam on one of the “Brock Class of ____” Facebook groups.
    12. Return your empties and donate the money you collect.
    13. Ask your friend “how are you?” and actually listen.
    14. Open doors (or press the automatic button) for people walking behind you.
    15. Let someone butt you in line.
    16. Tell a lame joke. Knock, knock…
    17. Say yes to donating $1 to whichever cause your local grocery store is supporting.
    18. Compliment a complete stranger, just because!
    19. Smile! It’s contagious. :)
    20. Be kind to YOURSELF! It’s alright to splurge on a nice meal at a restaurant, a new shirt, or even a manicure.

    Spread a little love tomorrow for #RAKDayNiagara and pass on the positivity.

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  • Exchange Your World: Liam

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    Written by: Cate Talaue

    One of the greatest things about Brock is how open they are about expanding your education. If you’re the type of person that can’t be tied down to one place for long, or maybe you’d like to sink your feet into a different country for the experience, than the International Exchange program is something you’ll want to check out!

    Brock has partnered with many schools around the globe that students may choose from depending on their interests and major. With many students having already taken the leap abroad through this program, Brock has expanded their partnerships to better accommodate their students to schools such as the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.

    Fourth-year English and Political Sciences student Liam Campbell participated in this program and travelled to Griffith University in Australia during the 2013-2014 winter semester, with excursions to Hong Kong, Vietnam and Nova Scotia following his stay down under.

    Relive his experiences and highlights through the following Prezi:

    On Thursday, November 6th, Brock is hosting an International Exchange Fair in Guernsey Marketplace from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with many booths around the perimeter for students to visit to learn more about the different partner schools and what they can expect. To learn more about other students’ experiences abroad, pick up a copy of this week’s issue from The Brock Press or visit the Opinion section online.

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  • BrockU Talks – Take Two!

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    Written by: Manchari Paranthahan

    BrockU Talks started last year as an on-campus, student-led mini-conference for people passionate about anything and everything. This conference lets speakers share their passions to a crowd that is eager to listen. After a successful launch last year, the second BrockU Talks event will be taking place on November 19th 2014 at 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. in Pond Inlet.

    Aiming to motivate and inspire change in and around the Brock and Niagara communities, BrockU Talks is changing things up this year by making it much easier for students to get involved. This year’s event will feature groups from across campus with booths at the event to inform you of ways that you can be a part of this inspiring community. This year’s event will undoubtedly be bigger and better than the last!

    BrockU Talks lets people share their stories and talk about absolutely anything that gets them excited about their lives. Speakers are encouraged to come out and speak about their experiences and their time at Brock with an audience waiting for inspiration. BrockU Talks is more than just a conference, but an experience that sticks with you.

    Get ready for BrockU Talks – take two! Make sure to sign up to attend the event at tinyurl.com/brockutalks-nov19.

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  • This Week In Niagara… October 31st, 2014

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    Written by: Sandy Howe

    I hope you’re feeling the Halloween spirit during this lively day on campus! I am always amazed by how much fun there is to have when you make candy a regular part of a day’s celebration.

    In a very short time span so far today I’ve had a lot of festive things happen:

    • An early-morning bike ride as part of the United Way’s Spin-a-Thon fundraiser, which of course was done in full costume (the costume, “biker chick” – so clever! I can’t take any credit for the however as the amazing students I work with on campus came up with this one)!
    • This was followed by some food donation activity as part of the Trick or Eat initiative happening this evening (all are welcome to attend or donate to Community Care).
    • The children from the campus day care center just paraded by, roaring in their lion and t-rex costumes, followed by pretty princesses, police officers and monkeys (monkey noises were of course included).
    • I took a trip to the Welcome Desk where the coolest pumpkin is on display (I am a bit Badger-biased, but I think it’s worth a trip in person to see!)

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    With this happening, it’s a nice break from the daily flow of life on campus and reminds me to enjoy all the little things, even on days when there doesn’t seem to be time.

    On this note, I’d like to share something awesome that’s coming up throughout the Niagara Region that every single one of us can be part of without having to plan, go anywhere, spend any money, or take much time – Random Acts of Kindness!

    This is a one-day annual event across Niagara that is taking place on Friday, November 7th. Random acts of kindness can include a myriad of options (see some great suggestions here). You can do something kind for a friend or stranger alike, participate in little stations that will be popping up around campus, or go raking in the neighbourhoods surrounding Brock to help those who could use a hand. This also doesn’t have to be contained to just one day! While it would be great to take some time this week to think about how you might like to be part of this movement next Friday, I would say our world could use more random kindness any day of the year. Take a moment and pay it forward! #RAKDayNiagara

    Have a safe and fun Halloween weekend and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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