• How to Watch Netflix and Get Work Done


    Written by: Trent Bedford

    I often find myself torn between Netflix and my student responsibilities – should I finishing that new series or write a well written essay?

    Well Badgers, fear no more! I have created the best essay-writing procedure. This program optimizes both the essay writing and the satisfaction that Netflix gives us.

    Start by picking the movie/TV show on Netflix you will be watching. However, before starting this you must finish at least the rough copy of your essay: have your thesis, your paragraphs topics and have all the research done. It’s all about balance. I know this is a lot of work, but after you have done this, reward yourself by watching one of the episodes of the show or half an hour of the show. And I know it’s very hard to stop once you have started, so be sure to set a timer and when it goes off, pause the show and get back to that essay. Self-discipline is key here!

    ‘Now what’ you might ask? Write out that fantastic introduction because I know you can do it. After finishing this masterpiece, go over it once more and make sure the spelling and grammar is grade A. Then watch one more episode or half an hour more of your movie. Make sure you have that timer going, or else this entire process will be a bit of a dud. After you have finished your show or movie, jump back in and write that first body paragraph.

    Now if you’re only writing an essay with three body paragraphs I strongly recommend you write the first paragraph and half of the second. Guess what, Badgers? You’re half way done! Grab yourself a snack and watch a little more of Netflix.

    At this point you should be done the movie unless you’re watching like some crazy long movie like Lord of the Rings. When the movie is done, get back to writing and finish the second and the final body paragraph. Now this is up to you and how much will power you truly have. But I would recommend you try and finish that conclusion paragraph. Following this, reward yourself with Netflix.

    Once you’ve finished an episode or the new movie you’ve picked, make sure you re-read your essay twice. Once in your head and the second time out loud. Practice this method and you will become both a scholar and a Netflix wiz 😉

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  • This Week in Niagara…December 18, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With the holidays just days away, and the hustle and bustle in full swing, I hope you are taking some time for yourself to spend in relaxing ways to create some balance at a busy time. With that, maybe one of the following happenings are up your alley this week and can bring balance or joy to your life:

    Comfort & Joy: A Christmas Concert for Syrian Refugees: Friday, December 18 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre (85 Church St., downtown St. Catharines). Tickets are $20 at the door or on-line in advance with funds going to the Mennonite Central Committee who are working to resettle refugees here in Niagara.

    Handmade Christmas Market: Friday, December 18 from 5:00-9:00pm at Faith Welland (380 South Pelham Rd., Welland). If you’re looking for those last few things on your list and want them to be something handmade and special, this may be the spot for you. Admission is free to check out 20+ vendors.

    There are also plenty of ways to spread good cheer this season, whether taking time to donate your time or things in need to a community organization, or someone you know who could use support, or shopping local to support great things here in Niagara as part of your holiday season. A Brock Alum was part of spreading good cheer and making 12,000 mini miracles happen around the world just last week! To see some snippets of what happened, check out this year’s Westjet Christmas Miracle video and see if you can spot the Brock connection!

    Have a great week and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • This Week in Niagara…December 11, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With the mild weather, it hardly feels like December outside, but I can feel the buzz of excitement for the holiday season all around as the hustle and bustle continues! As they creep closer, check out these events coming up in Niagara:

    • Miracle on King Street – Saturday, December 12 from 10:00am-3:00pm, Beamsville. The streets will be lined with vendors and fun Christmas activities, including food trucks, local vendors, pictures with Santa, poinsettia sale, sleigh rides, entertainment and more to look forward to all in support of Community Care.
    • Caroling in downtown St. Catharines – Saturday, December 12 from 1:00-3:00pm simultaneously at the St. Catharines Public Library Atrium and at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre. Enjoy a festive treat of traditional Christmas carols performed by the Brock University Choirs and Avanti Chamber Singers.
    • Art Block – running until December 18 (opening reception Friday, December 11 from 7:00-9:00pm) at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Celebrate the new school in downtown St. Catharines by seeing the works of over 45 Brock students on display, all on 6×6” wood panels. Pieces will be available for purchase starting at $40, so treat yourself or find a holiday gift at this community event!

    Santa Claus Parades on Saturday, December 12:

    • Niagara-on-the-Lake – 11:00am. Be part of the Brock float in the parade – feel free to bring your kids who can ride in the sleigh on our float, or walk the route handing out candy canes to all! For details on where to meet contact studentlife@brocku.ca or call (905) 688-5550 x6321.
    • Pelham – 1:00pm

    Just a note that parking in downtown St. Catharines is also FREE for the afternoons (beginning at 12:00pm) from now until December 24!

    Have a wonderful week and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • This Week in Niagara…December 4, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With December officially here and in full swing, check out these things happening in the area this week:

    • Candlelight Stroll, Niagara-on-the-Lake (Queen Street) – Friday, December 4 at 6:30pm. Participate in this guided stroll with thousands of others as you wind through the historical town, accompanied by local choirs singing carols, and other seasonal entertainment. Begin at the Old Courthouse and stop along the way in the shops that line the main street to pick up a gift or smell and taste the goodies of the season!
    • Font Hill Outdoor Christmas Market – Friday, December 4 from 4:00-10:00pm (under the Font Hill Arches). Find Santa, Christmas carollers, artisans, ice craving, food vendors and plenty of holiday cheer.
    • First Fridays: “Swing Fever” – Friday, December 4 from 7-10pm at the Niagara Falls History Museum. Shake off those winter blues with some brass & brews! Catch some culture after hours at the museum with food (Smokin’ Buddha), drinks, dancing and live music (tickets $10).
    • Ball’s Falls Christmas Village – Saturday, December 5 from 2:00-6:00pm at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area. Bring your little ones for photos with Santa, crafts and cookies, carolers and a bell choir, hot chocolate, apple cider and smores, horse-drawn wagon rides, historical village tours and more!
    • Ridgeway Spirit of Christmas – Friday-Sunday, December 4-6. Let school choirs sing to you, take a horse and carriage ride down the main street, keep warm with hot chocolate and go from shop to shop taking care of those on your list!
    • Christmas by the Falls, Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls – Saturday and Sunday, December 5 & 6 from 10:00am-5:00pm ($5 entrance fee). Catch over 100 vendors with items including, arts and crafts, baking, clothing, cookware, specialty foods, bath and body products, home décor and much more! See chocolate demonstrations, experience hairstyling on-site and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
    • One Stop Christmas Shop – Sunday, December 6 from 10am-3pm at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre. Check out a long list of vendors for one-stop shopping.
    • Port Dalhousie Christmas Shopping Event – Sunday, December 6 from 11am-4pm at the Lions Club in Port Dalhousie. Browse booths of local artists, craft makers and home-based businesses to find that perfect, unique gift.

    Catch a Santa Claus Parade on December 5:

    What a great week to get out and #ExploreNiagara!

    Niagara on the Lake Candlelight Stroll 2014

    Niagara on the Lake Candlelight Stroll 2014

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  • This Week in Niagara…November 27, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With one of the busiest shopping days of the year upon us, whether it’s an on-line or in-store deal, welcome to your weekend! Here is what’s happening:

    • Brock Badgers Basketball at the Meridian Centre – Saturday, November 28. Catch the nationally ranked Brock basketball teams with the Women at 5pm and Men at 7pm as they battle the Lakehead Thunderwolves. Grab your tickets and join in this historic event!
    • Christmas in Jordan Village – Saturday, November 28. Visit Jordan Village with children for children’s Christmas crafts, festive face painting, hot chocolate, cider and warm cookies, as well as wagon rides through the Village courtesy of Honsberger Estates.
    • Thorold Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 28 at 4:00pm
    • Pop-Up Craft Arts Market -now until December 19 at 7 James St., St. Catharines. Swing by and support local artists this holiday season (check the link for new vendors appearing here each week)!
    • Don’t forget to check out the great schedule of events coming up at the Performing Arts Centre!

    And if you’re hitting the Pen Centre for their early-morning hours, or bustling through the outlets, don’t forget this great event:

    • Shop the Neighbourhood – Saturday, November 28 in downtown St. Catharines. This event encourages everyone to make local purchases to contribute to the prosperity of our community on Saturday and throughout the holiday season. Visit the link for great deals from 20+ local businesses.

    Have a great week, happy shopping and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • Walking and Talking with Patrick Foster

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    Written by: Sabrina Jancsi

    What has influenced your journey so far?

    When I was in high school, I was always enrolled in applied classes. I have a learning disability called dysgraphia where I can’t write coherently – I always get too ahead of myself – which would always hinder my ability academically, preventing me from doing university level classes. Then in grade 12 I did a mission trip to Guatemala which influenced me and opened up my eyes. It definitely changed who I was a person – as every experience should – but because of this, I decided consciously that this is something I wanted to continue doing. I returned to high school to do Grade 12B and ground away through some academic classes so that I could get into university, and that’s how my university journey began. I wanted to take something that would allow me to make an impact in the world and so I felt that Political Science would allow me the opportunities to do that.

    What triggered your involvement with UNICEF Brock?

    My buddy Saumik, founder and former president of UNICEF Brock, got me involved this past year, and after he left I had a vision and the energy to take UNICEF Brock to a whole other level, setting it up for future years. I knew I had the networks to make it ‘poppin’ and I truly think that now with our upcoming Walk2TO fundraiser, a walk for the Syrian refugees, everything will come together as I envisioned.

    Whos your role mode?

    I don’t have a role model because I don’t aspire to be like anyone else – just being true to myself. There are people, however, that have qualities that I admire and try to adopt as I go. If I had to choose one person that I find admirable is Zyzz (Australian body builder). I’ve always looked up to him and tried to adopt his enthusiasm and energy by passing it onto others.

    Were you always a heavily involved student?

    No, actually I wasn’t. Throughout my first and second years I didn’t get involved, as I didn’t really know where to start, but in the back of my head I always knew that after university I wanted to work for the Canadian embassy, a charity like UNICEF, or something along the lines of distributing aid in peace keeping missions. I knew if I got involved in university first, it would definitely help facilitate that and give me the experiences to get there. So that’s part of why I got involved with UNICEF Brock. I knew that this club was a great group of motivated individuals and I thought I would be a great asset to their team too and couldn’t wait to get started. Even if it’s for a year or two, I wanted to set UNICEF Brock on path to becoming a great club that creates impact through awareness. I want future UNICEF Brock presidents to look back and become motivated to create something similar or bigger in order to raise money and donating it back to those in most need, like we are doing with the Syrian refugees.

    How has your university experience shaped who you are?

    My university experience has shaped me in so many ways. First of all, when you come into university there are 18,000+ people in contrast to high school where there are maybe 2,000 people (at least in St. Catharines). This alone has allowed me expose myself to different ideas and cultures, so when I interact with these individuals, I learn through them and with them. It has been through these interactions and experiences that I am who I am today. I always try to throw myself into as many things as possible – whether it’s going to a vegan club meeting, being a part of the African and Caribbean Society and the Brock East African Student Association, joining UNICEF Brock and Playmakers, whatever it may be – I just see that the more I do things, the more experiences I have, the more I grow as a person.

    So whenever I leave university, I know it has prepared me for how to deal with certain obstacles in life. It has given me the confidence to believe more in myself because I am now able to collaborate with a higher caliber level of people than I was in high school, where I don’t believe the talent pool I should have been surrounded with existed. The people I am now friends with, they’re not very similar to me, but they all do focus on excellence and they’re all trying to focus on making it big. It’s great to meet and be surrounded by people with this type of attitude. On days when I feel down and don’t believe I am going to make it, being around these individuals definitely brings me back up.

    Where do you see yourself after all this?

    I want to get my masters in criminology – I love analyzing crime and I hope to one day get involved with CSIS or something similar. I would love to potentially move to the Middle East, South America, or Africa and do security, surveillance, or something along the lines of crime. However, if we’re honest, I didn’t even know I was going to be where I am today, so I try not to think too far ahead, since anything can change from one day to the next.

    What advice would you give your fellow badgers?

    The best advice I could give any badger is to network as much as possible. I’ve learned more from people than I have in a classroom. So go out there, and talk to those around you! You never truly know where a friendship can lead you.

    Patrick Foster is a fifth-year Political Science student at Brock University. He is currently the Co-President of UNICEF Brock and a clerk at General Brock. You may remember him best from his previous advocate accomplishments in bringing shawarma and more microwaves on campus. His quest: to diversify and influence.

    If you wish to get involved with UNICEF Brock, reach out to us!
    Email us at: unicefbrock@busu.net
    Like us: www.facebook.com/brockunicef
    Join the conversation: www.facebook.com/groups/115635741920004/
    Follow us: @unicefbrock

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  • This Week in Niagara…November 20, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    I absolutely love this time of year for many reasons – one of these is the number of festivals and events to attend as the holiday season creeps closer. This week brings plenty of variety, holiday related and beyond:

    Get crafty with local vendors:

    • Mahtay Cafe Artisan Market – Friday-Sunday, November 20-22 (Friday 11am-6pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm). Visit the community room at Mahtay Cafe (downtown St. Catharines) for local vendors and don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation for Community Care to help make someone else’s holidays a little happier.
    • Pop-Up Craft Arts Market -now until December 19 at 7 James St., St. Catharines . Swing by and support local artists this holiday season (check the link for vendors appear here each week)!
    • 22nd Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Show – Saturday-Sunday, November 21-22 from 10am-4pm daily at Thorold Secondary School ($2). Enjoy more than 80 juried artisans from across Ontario as they display and sell their goods.

    Get active and participate in Sports Day in Canada:

    • Friday, Nov. 20 – Free skating from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bill Burgoyne Arena
    • Saturday, Nov. 21
    • Free skating from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. at the Garden City Arena Complex
    • Free swimming from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre

    Get festive by catching a Santa Claus Parade in the area:

    • Catharines – Sunday, November 22 at 2:30pm. Visit the link for the route, and don’t forget Canada Post will be collecting letters to Santa!
    • Welland – Saturday, November 21 at 4:00pm
    • Fort Erie – Saturday, November 21 at 12:00pm

    Get to the Falls:

    Also, over the next two months, don’t miss the Winter Festival of Lights. This great season kicks off Saturday, November 21 and runs until January 31st. See the Niagara Parkway transformed into a wonderland of lights, catch fireworks over the Falls every Friday at 9pm, take a drive to see areas of Niagara Falls that won awards for their sparkling light displays last year, and even grab the Festival of Lights mobile app to find out more about events happening this season!

    Have a great week, enjoy the season (even if we’re lucky enough not to be in winter coats just yet!), and get out to #ExploreNiagara.

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  • Challenge Yourself to Help Others


    Written by: Olivia Hubert

    University comes with many challenges: managing a heavy course load, making new friends, even just making dinner without setting off the smoke detectors! I want you to think about adding one more challenge: pushing yourself past what you think you are capable of to make a difference in someone’s life.

    When I started at Brock, I thought that volunteering would be a great way to give back, and maybe build my resume. I flipped through volunteer listings to find positions I thought that I could do easily. I would contribute my time to a cause, without really going out of my comfort zone. Sure, there were some awesome opportunities, but I didn’t have the skills to do them well.

    Then I was asked to organize a fundraiser. I started off the same way as I had before: thinking I was unqualified and unprepared. But for some reason, I said yes. I figured it out as I went, and had a great team to support me all the way through. And by taking on this challenge, I learned that nobody expects perfection. I have learned so many valuable skills from this opportunity, becoming more and more qualified as I went through the process. That challenge made me so much more confidant to take on other challenges: charitable, academic, social, etc.

    The best part was that the funds raised from this event made a huge impact on people in need in the Niagara region.

    So fellow Badgers: apply for that position you don’t think you’re 100% qualified for. You will surprise yourself with your ability to learn and adapt. And if you’re truly unqualified for it, the worst they can say is no.

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  • This Week in Niagara…November 13, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    We never seem to be without great things to do in our region, which I’ve been grateful for over the past few weeks. This week check out:

    • Handmade Market: Friday – Sunday, November 13-15 at Honsberger Estate Micro Winery 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 and food items, 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.
    • Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, November 14 at 11:00am. Join more than 12,000 people who come out to see this parade and line the streets (route and more information available through the link).
    • Albino Rhino Beer Festival – Saturday, November 14 from 12:00-7:00pm at the Sanctuary Centre for the Arts – Home of the Brimstone Brewing Company (209 Ridge Rd. North, Ridgeway, ON). This beer festival focuses on small and local, from the breweries involved to the food vendors with proceeds supporting Prostate Cancer Canada. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.
    • Grand Opening of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – Sunday, November 15 from 2:00-7:00pm. Participate in guided or non-guided tours and a chance to explore our community’s inspiring new state-of-the-art facility. Niagara Sings! connects six Niagara-based choirs and over 300 voices that will perform throughout every room in the PAC. Chorus Niagara will be joined by Womenchant, Queenston Ladies Choir, Choralis Camerata, Robert Wood Singers, and Sing Niagara. These skillful vocalists will also be simultaneously tuning each performance venue. The event culminates with a grand finale massed choir in Partridge Hall at 5pm. Check it out as we celebrate this grand opening and take part in exciting happenings, prizes and giveaways throughout the day!


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

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  • 3 Tips Towards Self-Care

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    Written by: Jonathan Fletcher

    Alright Badgers, take a seat and let your buddy Jon give you some advice about how to make your Brock experience a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable.

    If you felt like there should have been more than one reading week this semester, you are not alone. Taking some time away is very beneficial for putting things in perspective and getting that second wind to carry you till the end of the semester. I have heard countless stories of students explaining the stresses they are faced with due to the work we’re always doing.

    If you ever feel like it’s too much, Brock offers many services for students to use, with trained professionals that want to help with any big or small issues you may be dealing with.

    Personal Counselling at Brock: 905-688-5550 x4750

    But if you want some amateur advice from one Badger to another, I’ve got a few tips on how to mitigate the stress while maximizing enjoyment:

    1. Develop effective time management skills.
    This is at the top of my list because I believe it’s the base of how to reduce stress. I’m university the deadlines are never ending, having a calendar when you can see everything ahead of time, writing things down in a journal or even using your calendar in your phone. You will be way more prepared and less likely to procrastinate… most of the time.

    2. Make time for yourself.
    Taking care of yourself is crucial in a high stress environment. If you have a hobby don’t forget about it. If you’ve been missing sleep take a well-deserved nap, watch some Netflix (don’t start a new season of a show though). Go to the gym if that helps spend some time with friends. It is super important to have positive aspects in your life that keep you motivated and balanced.

    3. Put things in perspective.
    Think about when we were in high school and we thought everything was the end of the world. We made it didn’t we? Keep that in mind when you are feeling a little bit low or stressed. Everything always works out. My friend used to use this quote when she was overwhelmed and I now I use it and I will pass it to you. “When life gives you dilemmas, make dilemondade”

    Until next time folks… I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their fall!

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