• This Week In Niagara… November 6th, 2014


    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


    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


    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!

    BrockU Talks FB Cover Photo

    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


    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!)

    badger pumpkin

    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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  • Need mo’ money but got no money: 5 Halloween costumes on a university student budget

    Written by: Cate Talue

    Are you tight for time and money for a costume? Have you worn those cat ears or toga sheets for too many years in a row? Are you tired of seeing over-done costumes at parties?

    Well, good news!

    Not only are you going to be the show-stopper of the night with these Halloween costumes on a budget tips, but you’re going to save that extra $5 or $10 to use towards having the time of your life.

    1. “I totally forgot I had this!”

    We’ve all had one of these moments, whether you were rifling through your dark, dusty attic, conquering a messy closet, or you happened to clean your bedroom so you could finally see the floor. Believe it or not, there are pieces of clothing and accessories that you already own that you can use to make-shift your own creative costume. Got a yellow shirt, some overalls, a red scrunchy or ribbon and a stuffed unicorn to spare? (Well, at least the first three) Boom! You’re Agnes from Despicable Me. Go through your parents’ closet, your sister or brother, or even your grandmothers’ closet to find an item that will surely inspire a potential costume. You may be wearing regular clothes but accessorize, accessorize, accessorize, and you will look like the real deal.
    Cost: $0


    2. Pop culture references are always a good time
    There have been many ups and downs in the world of popular culture and there surely hasn’t been a shortage of mental/emotional breakdowns, scandals and down-right embarrassing incidents in 2014. There can never be one too many references to Miley Cyrus’ life in the spotlight from her performance at the MMVA’s and her scandalous music videos but there are more celebrities out there that can be spoofed on Halloween – including Rob Ford. That’s right, everyone. Dressing up as former Toronto mayor Rob Ford is simple and directly related to the tip above. Put on a suit and tie (you could always borrow one, too!), wear a partial bald cap (can be found at the dollar store, Wal-Mart, Value Village or if you’re feeling rich, Spirit Halloween) to imitate his receding hair line and stuff the shirt up a little bit. I suggest slapping on a pin that says ‘VOTE FORD’ so that everyone gets the gist of what spectacular comedic message you’re trying to send.
    Cost: $0 to $8


    3. Hunger has taken over
    Students’ relationship with food is sacred. So, dressing up as food is a grape idea. It’s easy, it’s perfect and all you need are a bag of balloons, some clear but strong tape, and a large, clear garbage bag. There are two ways to execute these costumes – after you blow up the balloons, of course. Wear a green shirt, tape green balloons of various size to your shirt, buy a crown of vine leaves for the top of your head (can be found at the dollar store) and voila! You are now a bunch of grapes. Don’t like the color green? You also have the option of being the red or purple kind. Fair warning: stay away from sharp objects. If that doesn’t suit your taste buds, put your body in a large, clear garbage bag – be sure to make arm holes on the side and a hole for your head at the top. Stuff as many blown up colorful balloons as possible into the bag and tie if off around your waist. Haven’t guessed what you are yet? Maybe once you tape the Jelly Belly logo on the front, you’ll realize how sweet this costume is!

    Cost: $1 to $5



    4. Fit for all coffee, Frappuccino and latte lovers alike

    This one is surely to capture the attention of all Starbucks goers. This is another costume when the dollar store becomes your best friend. White shirt? Check. Brown felt? Check. White head band? Got it. White pillow case (or a bunch of white cloth)? Check. Starbucks logo fresh out of the color printer? Quadruple check. Empty paper towel role painted green? Done. Secure the brown felt evenly around your waist (or glue it, if you have no personal attachment to the white shirt) and paste the Starbucks logo onto the brown felt. Bunch the pillowcase or cloth together and fasten it to the headband with glue or by tying it (this works better with only a small amount of fabric) then glue the green-painted paper towel role within the bunchy-ness. Show up at the party and everyone will be thinking the same thing – “I could go for one of those right now.”

    Cost: $1 to $10


    5. “Wait; let me get the rest of my crew. It’ll make sense, then.”

    Group costumes are as easy and versatile as you can get. Rummaging through your attic and closet is one thing, but bringing a bunch of people together to use old clothes and accessories, and working together as a unit to be one fantastic squad, is another. The Scooby-Doo clan, the Spice Girls, Barbie’s (or Ken’s), Teletubbies, Care Bears, the women from Bridesmaids, the men from Hangover 1,2 and 3, crayons, the Mean Girls, the cast from Orange is the New Black, ER, or The Big Bang Theory, the Blue Man group, Men in Black, minions from Despicable Me, or if you’re feeling extra creative, different Tetris pieces so you and your friends can look as put-together as the guys below! Between you and your friends, the pieces used in any of these costumes can be made from scrap pieces, printed from the computer, or found in at least one person’s closet making these costumes cost a total of… drum roll please…
    Cost: $0


    Halloween only comes once a year and it always manages to sneak up on us. But as students on a budget, we can surely put a fun costume together with what we already have on hand. Think of all the things you’ve made with the little food in your house – you’ve made it work then, and you can rock the party (or Trick or Eat) now. Remember: have fun responsibly, kids.

    Happy Halloween!

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  • BrockSLS2014: From Participant to Presenter


    Written by: Kelsey Kavanagh

    Last November I attended Brock’s Student Leadership Summit for the second time. I was so impressed with the Summit the first time around that I had to come back and do it all again!

    The day kicked-off with a keynote speaker who blew me away and set the tone for the inspiring presenters that followed. As the presentations began I encountered the most difficult part of my day, deciding between which awesome workshops to attend! They all sounded great so it was hard to pick which ones suited me best, but luckily I wasn’t disappointed by any of my choices. Each workshop I attended filled me with inspiration that was contagious…everyone was beaming! The insight I gained from my fellow student’s experiences was also really helpful. Not only was I learning more about these students, but I was also learning a lot about myself in the process. The workshops I attended encouraged me to reflect on my personal and professional goals while also providing me with the necessary steps to accomplish them. A few of the presenters even helped me discover some new goals in both my personal and professional life that I’d never thought about before.

    The highlight of my entire day would have to be the team building workshop, which consisted of building a high structure out of spaghetti and tape. This was such a fun exercise as I got the opportunity to work as a team with some new and old friends and learn some skills along the way. By the end of the day I felt as though I was ready to conquer the world! I had such an amazing time at the Summit that I’ve decided to be a presenter this year!

    If you are interested in meeting new people, discovering your personal leadership style, and ignite personal and professional growth, and having fun, I highly recommend that you join me and take part in this inspirational day!

    For more information about the 2014 Brock Student Leadership Summit, visit ExperienceBU!

    BrockSLS14 Poster

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  • This Week In Niagara… October 24th, 2014


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    For the past few months across Ontario, you may have noticed signs in lawns and along streets, people going door-to-door or making calls and a variety of social media plugs, debates and talk of prominent issues.   This can only mean one thing – its election season!

    Much of the focus in Niagara at the moment is on municipal elections, as well as BUSAC and Senate elections right here on campus at Brock.  With this, I would encourage you ROCK THE VOTE if you only do one thing this week!

    Educating yourself is an important part of being an engaged citizen in your community, so get on the world wide web, read the newspaper, engage in discussion and learn as much as you can in order to make an informed decision.  Whether you visit your hometown this weekend and can take advantage of advanced polling (if you’re from Ontario), or live in Niagara and can get out to vote on Monday, October 27, our collective voices are strong and this is a great way to make a difference.

    On campus, elections take place October 28-30, so please also inform yourself about the candidates and the positions available.  Watch your e-mail next week for your on-line ballot and participate in the process!

    For more information, check out these websites:

    Municipal elections:

    BUSAC and Senate Elections:

    Have a great week and #ExploreNiagara election information and candidates!  Rock the vote!

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  • This Week In Niagara… October 17th, 2014


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With Reading Week in full swing, it’s a great time of year to catch your breath, focus on wellness and get organized (and even ahead perhaps!) for the remaining weeks of classes.  The quiet vibe on campus is nice for a couple of days but I have to admit that I missed the energy of having everyone bustling around and am looking forward to that next week!

    If you’re looking to do something new and exciting n Niagara before the break is over and start getting into the Halloween mood, feel free to check out these upcoming events:

    Experience the traditions of Halloween, 1812-style, brought to life through the ghosts of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield.  A fun and frightening evening is held at the old stone fort full of hair-raising tales from the perspective of the spirits who still make their presence felt.  This haunting tour ends with refreshments and the annual burning of a Guy Fawkes effigy.  Make reservations on-line at the link above.

    Explore the history and haunted tales of Downtown St. Catharines as these guided tours delve into the haunted tales of the past and the present day while also sharing historical commentary about the unique buildings and happenings in Downtown St. Catharines.  Reserve your spot on-line as tours are selling out quickly!

    St. Catharines’ own Dallas Green will open our brand new, $50 million facility that will be home to the Niagara IceDogs, concerts, conventions and more!

    Enjoy the end of Reading Week, live life to the fullest, and get out to #ExploreNiagara!


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  • This Week In Niagara… October 10th, 2014


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    As we head into the Thanksgiving long weekend and Reading Week on campus, I hope, looking back, that you can easily think of a few things you are grateful for.  For me, this is simple:

    • friends and loved ones that I love spending time with or catching up with when we’re far apart
    • my personal wellness (mental and physical) and the ability to be happy, choose a positive outlook on life, smell the fresh fall air, and try all kinds of fun new things
    • live in an area where I have access  to more great things to do and experience than I could ever find time for!

    This list obviously doesn’t include all the little things that make life so sweet: great music to sing out loud in the shower (where I sound like a superstar), warm homemade cookies, a good belly laugh, and dogs…I love dogs. This is just the icing on the cake and taking time each day to appreciate these things, whatever they may be for you, is key.

    Going back to my list, just because it’s a holiday weekend certainly doesn’t mean that everyone stays in and eats themselves into a turkey coma – there is still plenty to do in Niagara!  Here are a few things to keep in mind if you have time to get out this week:

    • Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival – Friday-Monday, October  10-13 from  9am-5pm  in Jordan, ON ($6 to enter).  Join over 130 artisans and exhibitors (find some really creative, beautiful items), gourmet food vendors, wine makers and craft beer brewers at one of the region’s largest shows.  Be part of the Thanksgiving spirit at Ball’s Falls as the festival celebrates its 40th year!
    • Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival – Thursday –Sunday, October 16-19 in Thorold, ON.  Take in a few of more than 30 blues shows over four days and support local charities with the proceeds from your ticket.  Visit the website for the schedule, locations, and where to pick up tickets.
    • Opening Ceremony of the Meridian Centre – Saturday, October 11 (downtown St. Catharines).  Join the Niagara community at the big reveal of our brand new, $50 million facility that will host the IceDogs (our OHL team), concerts, conventions and more!
    • Niagara IceDogs Home Opener – Thursday, October 16 at 7:00pm (downtown St. Catharines).  Not only come out for a great night of hockey as the IceDogs battle Belleville (and the IceDogs have some game!), but also be sure to check-out the brand new Meridian Centre – Home of the IceDogs.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy getting out to #ExploreNiagara!

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