• Making an Impact with Dr. Jack Lightstone

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    Written by: Cate Talaue

    Jack-Lightstone-16frontIf you could go back into the past, what advice would you give to your first-year self?

    I was very involved in the community in all sorts of movements while I was an undergrad at Carleton University. I think I’d tell myself to get more involved on-campus. I think that I would’ve met more people as oppose to the people I already knew. First thing that I tell incoming students is that their education is only part of their experience here.

    What has been one of your favourite experiences at Brock University?

    It has been an absolute joy to work with BUSU, the Graduate Students Association (GSA), and the Goodman student club executives. I do not know of another university in Canada where the relationship between university administration and student leaders is as constructive. We help one another, we work through our disagreements, it’s truly a partnership to make Brock and the student experience better.

    Who has been one of your biggest motivators/an important inspiration and why?

    I want my family to be proud of me – my wife, children, and grandchildren. I want them to feel like I’ve done something significant and that I’ve contributed to something larger. They’re great motivators for me.

    It’s easy to thank someone for their contributions or for just being themselves, but if you could thank yourself for one thing, what would it be?

    I’ve always been grateful that I manage stress relatively well. When my stress level gets too high, I have a few techniques. I exercise, I play acoustic guitar – music is a great stress reliever. I’ve always found sailing as a good one as well because it’s easy to forget everything else when I’m out on the water.

    What is one personal thing that you still want to accomplish?

    I’ve been sailing since I was a teenager. I wanted to spend a year living out on our boat but I didn’t want to wait until I was retired to do it. My wife and I did it from 2004 to 2005 and we sailed from Lake Champlain to Florida Keys. We spent that year writing up our research. I’m glad I did it then as oppose to when I’m tired and not as strong. I enjoy sailing, although I don’t think I’m brave enough to ask my wife to do it again.

    What is one thing that you want students to know about you?

    I want them to know that I am consistent. In leadership, you need to be consistent in your job and in your personality. I try to do that all the time. I also try to live by the motto that you have to get out of the trees to see the forest. In other words, you have to get past the details to see the big picture. I always try to make sure that my job paints that wide angle picture.

    BONUS: Dr. Lightstone’s Top 5 Things I Love about Brock and Niagara
    1. Alphie’s Troph and the balcony at the restaurant over-looking the trail
    2. The student life presence on-campus
    3. The beautiful view from all areas of campus
    4. Walking along the Niagara Gorge
    5. The community involvement aspect of the Brock experience

    Dr. Jack Lightstone is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University. Since beginning his first 5-year term on July 1, 2006, he was reappointed for another 5-year term in 2011, which will end in 2016. Dr. Lightstone has played a pivotal role in shaping what the University is known to be today.

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  • This Week in Niagara…October 23, 2014


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    As fall kicks into full swing, there is plenty to see and do around Niagara:

    • Jordan Village Haunted Tour – Friday & Saturday, October 23-24 at 8:00pm (check-in at 7:30pm) at the Jordan Historical Museum (3800 Main St., Jordan, ON). Come find out more about what lies beneath this cute little village… $20 and tickets must be purchased in advance.
    • Pumpkinfest 2015 – Saturday, October 24 from 11am-3pm at Heartland Forest. Visit the link for fun day for the whole family from farm animals to pumpkin carving and much more!
    • Halloween Ghost Tours at Fort George – Friday – Sunday this week and next (October 23-25 and October 30-November 1) at various times throughout the evening. Join in and explore the scariest aspects of haunted Fort George. This 2-hour walking tour includes stories too frightening to be told on the summer tours, and opens a building (the Officers’ Quarters) usually off limits to tours. Visit the website to book your tickets ($17).
    • Get a team together for the 2015 United Way Spin-a-Thon taking place on Friday, October 30th in the spin studio at Brock. $100 for a team of 8 (one person from the team spins for 50 minutes on the hour from 7am-3pm with 10 minute breaks between sessions) or $15 for individuals. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. Check out the link for more details and come out to support a great cause!

    Have a great week and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • A Hungry Badger’s Guide to Grub

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    Written by: Matt Miller

    Congratulations, you’ve made it through the first month of school and you’re officially en route to finishing up those midterms. However since midterms are almost over, there’s no more need for 4am McDonald’s breakfast or late night calls to the local Pizzeria, it’s time to take some time out of your day and try some A1 food right here in ‘The Kitts’ (Not the 6ix, but close).

    For the judging process of this guide, I will use a highly relative scale that shows my personal ratings for each of these:
    🔥- Fairly Lit
    🔥🔥 – Medium Lit
    🔥🔥🔥 – Flames
    🔥🔥🔥🔥- Super Flames
    🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 – Super Hot Fiya


    Kully’s Original Sports bar (Nachos) – 🔥🔥🔥🔥
    Kully’s is located right on the main strip of downtown St.Catharines. It’s a nice venue that you can almost guarantee will have whatever sport you are looking for already playing. Also a cool thing about Kully’s is the owners are Brock Grads! That’s good and all, but this is about the food. Kully’s is home to the BEST nachos I have ever eaten. With so many options of different toppings theres no way you can just try it once… Believe me.

    Burrito Boyz (Naked Burrito) – 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
    As a Mississauga native some would say that this judgement is completely bias, they would say that until they try the amazing burrito’s at Burrito Boyz. Burrito Boyz is a true crowd pleaser with multiple options such as Chicken and Steak burrito’s, to more exotic options such as Calamari or Sweet Potato burrito’s. They also give you the option to have a Burrito wrapped the conventional way, or a ‘Naked Burrito’ which is all the toppings in a container so you can pick and choose your flavours as you go. There’s literally something at Burrito Boyz for everyone. If you are a lover of spicy food, try a burrito with 2 lines of their hot sauce

    Gord’s Place (Brownie Chunk Icecream Fudge Sundae) – 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
    If the name of that dish doesn’t make you want to try it, maybe food just isn’t your thing. Gord’s has a huge menu of amazing items that I may or may not attempt to try all, however if you are looking for the one dish to set you over the edge and cure that need for chocolate, this is your go to. The Brownie Chunk Ice-cream Fudge Sundae is not only a mouthful to say, but actually a mouthful to eat. It’s just goodness, on top of goodness, drizzled on goodness. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself.

    Patrick Sheehan’s Irish Pub (Chicken Fingers and Fries) – 🔥🔥🔥
    I have newly been introduced to the world of chicken fingers, and although it is not my ‘Go to’ meal, I still enjoy some good fresh chicken and fries every once in awhile. The chicken fingers and fries from Sheehan’s has made me reconsider not eating chicken fingers and fries every time I go out. From the fresh chicken (not the frozen one you can buy in the grocery stores) and the perfectly salted home cut fries, it goes without saying that this is a meal everyone needs to try. Sheehan’s is home to the famous ‘Pickle Shot’ (try that too).

    These places are just some of the places to visit. It’s amazing what can find when you go and explore. Even better when you can enjoy that time and eat good food. Of course not everyone is going to agree with my review, but i’d love to hear if you have any other different thoughts or places you’d like for me to review. As a preview to the next review, here are the places that will be included:
    – The Merchant Ale House
    – The Works
    – Spiice
    – Wild Wing
    – So Jollof

    Stay Hungry Badgers!

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  • This Week in Niagara…October 9, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    As we head into the Thanksgiving long weekend, I find myself thinking about everything in life I am grateful for, from friends and loved ones I can laugh with, to great music and homemade baked goods! I hope you can easily think of a few things you are grateful for as well, and that you take a moment to appreciate all that brings you joy.

    Speaking of gratitude, I’m really grateful we live in the beautiful Niagara region! From gorgeous landscapes, little pockets of shops and great restaurants, more wineries than you can imagine, the new Performing Arts Center that I’ve already been lucky enough to experience, and SO much more, I hope you have a chance to get out and walk off that turkey dinner while doing something in our community this week!

    Here are a few things to keep you moving this week:

    • Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival – Friday-Monday, October 9-12 from 10am-5pm at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in Jordan, ON ($6 to enter). Join over 150 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 41st year!
    • Vineland Thanksgiving ARTfest – Saturday – Monday, October 10-12 from 10am-5pm at Vineland Public School (free). Join over 130 artisans and exhibitors, good eats and a gorgeous setting at this great craft festival.
    • Oast House Hootenanny – Saturday, October 10 from 12:00pm ‘til late at Oast House Brewery (2017 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake). Join in giving thanks to the harvest with live music, food truck eats and great local beer.


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

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  • Your Reading Week Check-List

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    Written by: Anton Rodrigo

    That time of the semester! One week till reading week which means some much needed and well-deserved sleep. For some of you it is a vacation in a hot place. For others it’s napping at your cave. With a lot on your mind, thought we’d remind you of those certain things you might want to bring home and some items to bring back.

    Take Home:
    Summer clothes – It’s time for longer clothes and comfy sweaters. Don’t be that person in shorts when there are snowmen outside.
    Those Extra Random things – You know what I’m talking about. All those items you thought you’d need during the year but actually have never used or never will.
    Not-Permitted Items – This is for all of the residence students who brought that item not allowed. Those *ahem* items and fabric/wood items. Taking them home means no extra stress.

    Bring Back:
    Food – Stock up on those home-cooked meals while you can!
    Winter Clothes – That jacket, those heavy duty boots and those ugly Christmas sweaters for events.
    Skates – Hit the many places to go skating around us, including the lake right behind Village!
    That Winning Attitude – You’re a Badger after all.


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  • A Badger Abroad: My Whirlwind Adventure


    Written by: Devon Ainslie

    It’s only been two months since my return to Canada and everyday I miss Glasgow more and more. Even though I had only spent a month studying abroad it felt like much longer, and it still doesn’t feel real to be back here at Brock. I scroll through photos and reminisce about my days in the highlands or the endless rows of shops on Buchanan and West Nile Street in Glasgow.

    Being a badger abroad allowed me to assert my Canadian presence to where I was and where I came from. Numerous times on the street I would be stopped and talked to by local Glaswegians. I met a few who had been to Canada or had a family member living there, which made me feel right at home. Glasgow was one of the easiest cities to navigate, the city was like a gridlock and even the subway was in a loop so if you missed your stop you could loop back around. The only downside was that stores were only open till 5pm or 7pm (mostly on Thursdays), so the city centre became a ghost town at night.


    However, the real reason I was there was to “study”. I was the first Brock student and Canadian to attend Glasgow Caledonian University Summer School for Digital Media in Society. Our program consisted of blogging/social media, television, business and video productions with each professor having worked in several news organizations such as The Scotsman, BBC, and working for shows such as The Voice UK. School was five days a week from 9am-3pm but included various days of doing fieldwork around the city, filming interviews and keeping a daily blog for the class. The classes were very hands-on and interactive; the size of our class was roughly 30-35 people, which included students from Beijing, China, two French students from Lyon, France and one American high school student from Boston, MA. While this made for a very unique experience it was also at times difficult with there being credit bearing and non-credit bearing students integrated into one class.

    We were given a lot of free time to explore and at least one day off during the week to ourselves for exploring Glasgow’s museums, gardens or just to relax. On weekends we would take trips to nearby cities. The most memorable trip was to the Highlands and Fort Williams where we got to experience the beautiful Loch Lomond and the mountains that surround this beautiful loch. Another treasure was the Glenfinnan Viaduct that is more commonly known as the Harry Potter Viaduct. At 3:10pm everyday the classic steam whistle train goes by and it feels like a scene right out of Harry Potter. This exchange has allowed me to branch out from my comfort zone by not only having the courage to travel alone but also making the best out of every experience possible and to just have fun no matter where you are.

    Devon Ainslie is one of the members on our Student Life Bloggers team. She is currently in her third-year studying Media & Communication Studies with a Concentration in Digital Culture. She loves to write in her spare time, travel the world and is an avid tea drinker.

    Looking to have this kind of adventure? There are plenty of opportunities for you to do so! Check out the options that are available during October reading week and February reading week on experiencebu.brocku.ca 

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  • This Week In Niagara…October 2, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With the crispness of fall setting in, trees turning colour, and October underway, there is plenty to do and see in Niagara.  Simply take a walk in your neighbourhood or get on the Bruce Trails around campus to admire the beauty we’re surrounded by as one of the most serene campuses in the province!

    This season also comes with great festivals and events in Niagara.  Get out this fall and check out some great things are region has to offer:

    • “First Fridays” at the St. Catharines Museum – tonight, Friday, October 2, 7-9pm. The Museums of Niagara Association and the St. Catharines Museum invite you to catch some culture after hours! Part of the First Fridays event series hosted by Niagara museums, this 19+ event features music from DJ Marinko, food and drink from the Smokin’ Buddha, activities and museum exhibits all alongside Lock 3 of the Canal, this month at the St. Catharines Museum. $10 per person at the door.
    • Ridgeway Fall Festival – Saturday, October 3 on Ridge Rd. in Ridgeway, ON (free). Wander through the local shops, shop with local farmers, take a horse drawn carriage ride and more!
    • Applefest – Saturday, October 3 at Beacon Christian School (Scott St., St. Catharines) from 10am-6pm. Check out vendors of all kinds, music, food and plenty of apple treats for all!  Lunch available in the cafeteria starting at 11:30am, and dinner beginning at 4:30pm.
    • Pioneer Day – Saturday, October 3 from 10am-4pm at the Jordan Historical Museum (free parking and shuttle bus to/from the Jordan Arena, $5 to enter, $15 for families). This fun day includes heritage arts and craft demonstrations, traditional Mennonite foods, children’s activities, and much more!
    • 6th Annual Queenston Harvest Festival – Saturday, October 3, 11am-3pm at Westminster Church (180 Queenston St., Catharines – free admission). Come and enjoy live music, fresh produce from the Start Me Up Niagara Farm will be available for sale, as well as arts and crafts, baked goods and more.
    • Howell’s Pumpkin Farm – This is a Niagara staple around Thanksgiving and Halloween and offers something for everyone.  Wagon rides, a haunted house and corn maze, pig races, giant pumpkin slingshots and delicious eats (try the famous pumpkin donuts or pumpkin sausage if you’re looking for a food adventure!) along with great places to take photos around the grounds are just a few of the many highlights of Howell’s!  Don’t forget to choose your pumpkin while you’re, from the most varieties around (A “Cinderella pumpkin” is a real thing!).


    Have a great weekend getting out to #ExploreNiagara and enjoy this great region!


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  • Re-Vamping the Brock University Campus

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    Written by: Laura Sebben

    Over the last several months, Brock University has taken several steps to improving the campus for the Badger community. The new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the new statue of General Brock, and the new turf field all function in completely different ways but serve as a reminder to students, faculty, and visitors of what a wonderful university Brock is.

    Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
    The MIWSFPA serves as an exciting ‘renaissance’ for both the school and the St. Catharine’s downtown core. The building brings new life for the various Arts programs here at Brock giving students access to a brand new facility complete with art studios, music rooms, digital technology, a 235-seat theatre and much more. The new building is an important part of Brock’s identity because it allows students in the MIWSFPA to flourish in an environment that was designed specially for them.

    Artificial Turf Field
    Not much to explain here except for saying finally! This turf field has been in talks for some time now and all members of the Brock community have been looking forward to it official opening. Primarily funded by BUSU (can you say awesome?) this artificial turf field is an important part of the Badger sports community for both the athletes and the fans. It’s a good step to improving our already excellent sports by providing them with better facilities to practice and win on!

    General Brock
    The statue that no doubt everyone has seen (unless you’ve been living under a rock) is a good reminder of how passionate the Brock community is about its history. There are reminders all over the school, including the new picture timeline located in the Tower, of how proud Brock is of the history that has made it a great university today. I enjoy these little historical reminders because it makes me appreciate the school that much more. The arrival of General Brock was even made fun, as the Brock social media accounts tracked its exciting journey home.

    So a big round of applause to Brock University for giving its faculty and students an amazing campus to be proud of! With state of the art facilities and reminders of the schools important history, the Brock campus is one for the books.

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  • This Week in Niagara…September 25, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With it being officially Fall already, it’s time to get out and take advantage of all our region has to offer this time year – and there is plenty! Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on this week that’s worth checking out:

    • Catharines Culture Days – Friday – Sunday, September 25-27. Culture Days is a Canada-wide celebration representing the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. Culture Days features free hands-on activities that invite the public to participate in the “behind-the-scenes” world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work. Experience mural painting, theatre, sculpture, drawing, slam poetry, abstract art, opera and more by checking out free events in your area.
    • Great Canadian Steampunk Exposition – Friday – Sunday, September 25-27, Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Enjoy music from all over the continent, artisans, workshops, guided tours of the Fort, ghost tours of Niagara, entertainment including dancers, magicians, hot air balloon rides, and even a flea circus.  You don’t have to know a thing about Steampunk to participate, and you don’t have to have a costume – just come on down, explore everything, and enjoy yourself!
    • Niagara Wine Festival:  The final weekend of Grape & Wine is upon us, which runs in Montebello Park (free admission) Friday – Sunday, September 25-27, and also includes other events around the region.  Take in some great live bands and purchase tokens when you arrive at the park to sample dozens of fantastic Niagara wines, great local food, and pick up your commemorative wine glass!  This is a festive way to spend an afternoon or evening and a great way to experience what makes our region so unique. Also mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26 at 11am to see the 64th Annual Meridian Grape & Wine Festival Grande Parade – one of the largest parades in North America right in downtown St. Catharines (consider being part of the Brock float and presence in the parade by meeting at the float near the corner of Lake & Welland around 10:20am).
    • Etsy: Made in Canada – Saturday, September 26 from 10:00am-6:00pm at Heartland Forest. This event is part of a national grassroots initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across Canada. Etsy: Made in Canada marketplaces will pop-up in 33 cities on September 26, 2015. Etsy artisans will sell their handmade wares and vintage goods, each of which will represent the spirit of the local community. Also grab some food truck eats and local beer and wine for your stroll among these vendors.
    • Free Yoga at Stratus Winery – Sunday, September 27 at 10:30am followed by wine and food sampling. Don’t forget to register on-line!
    • Rodman Hall Art Open House and Culture Days – Saturday, September 26, 2015, 12-4pm (109 St. Paul Crescent, St. Catharines – free). FOR FAMILIES: 12-4pm art activities – Enjoy hands-on art activities and button-making for the whole family. Check out our Summer Student Art Exhibition during your visit. FOR ADULTS: 12:30pm exhibition tour – Experience our engaging contemporary art exhibition as you tour: Sarindar Dhaliwal: The Cartographers Mistake with Curator Marcie Bronson, 2pm artist talk with Maggie Groat, 3pm historic home tour as you learn about the fascinating history of the Merritt Family and tour behind-the-scenes of the beautiful facility.


    Have a great week, get out there and be sure to #ExploreNiagara

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  • How Badgers Can Save a Buck

    Written by: Karey Hatch

    Close-up of assorted Canadian paper currency

    1. Master the 30 Day Rule
    If you have the urge to purchase something, wait for 30 days and see if you truly want to spend the money

    2. Lists
    Lists can be your best friend! They help you stay on track, and only spend the money that you intended on spending

    3. Clean Sweep
    Clean out your closet and take your items to Platos Closet (right across from the Pen Centre) You are able to clear out your closet, plus make a little bit of money!

    4. Leave the Pack Behind
    Brock Student Health Services promotes leaving the pack behind. They have different tips and tricks to stop smoking, which in turns saves you money!

    5. Stop the Credit Cards
    Banks encourage students to get Visa cards, except the majority of young adults do not fully understand how credit cards work. If you do not pay your visa bill in time, the interests will quickly add up; making you pay more than you intended to pay.\

    6. Stress Spending
    Young adults in university tend to develop large amounts of stress. Some students tend to spend more money once they become stressed; Stress-Spending. Avoid stress spending by partaking in physical activity! A ten minute walk means you saved some money, and were becoming healthy while doing it!

    7. Volunteer
    Get involved within the Brock Community! The Student Life and Involvement Commons has numerous ways to get involved, and volunteer around the Brock campus, and greater Niagara Region.


    Brock University has created a new program called BLAST-off. BLAST-off stands for Brock’s Leadership, Academic & Student Transition Program. BLAST-off is directly dedicated to incoming first year Brock students. The team behind BLAST-off is there to assist first year students to have an awesome first year experience!

    There is a six week plan for each semester along with themes for these weeks. Some of these themes include badger spirit, community engagement and leadership. Look out for the BLAST-off team around the school with free giveaways and contests for you to take part in!

    Next week we will be our Financial Literacy week. Check out the hallways for the BLAST-off team. They will have free giveaways, and information to help you save money while you study at Brock. Also check us out on Snapchat (@BrockSLCE) for further updates! There will be Snapchat challenges in the near future!

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