Photograph By: Emily SaxbySA TURNS NEW PAGE: Ryan LePage, third-year Criminology and Justice major at UOIT, hopes to unite students as the new president of the Student Association.
By: Emily Saxby
A host of fresh faces were welcomed to the 2014-15 Student Association boards on March 28 after three days of elections on campus. Returning SA members sealed only two out of the 13 positions available on the boards. Out of the 10 board member positions, four were elected and six were uncontested. Unchallenged positions are granted to the single candidate who ran. All three executive member positions were elected, which include the president, vice-president of college affairs and vice-president of university affairs. Among the newcomers is SA President Ryan LePage, a third-year Criminology and Justice student at UOIT. LePage ran against three other candidates and won with 43 per cent of the votes. The unofficial results are on the SAís website. Votes are not official until April 11 when the current SA board members hold a meeting to approve the results. Approval is based on tidying up campaign material and submitting an accurate campaign expense report. Even though results are unofficial, that didnít matter to LePageís friends... Full Story »
Photograph By: Allissia Le HenaffSOULFUL SINGING: Shanika Maria won Songs Revealed with her stripped-down folk songs.
By: Frank Thickett
While many college students are busy prepping for big presentations and exams, some of the students of Durham Collegeís Music Business Management program put together a very different kind of assignment. The Songs Revealed contest is a song writing competition judged by music industry professionals that puts local talent on the stage, a stage which MBM students need to assemble, outfit, and advertise. A major attraction at this yearís contest was the eveningís host. Lauren Toyota of Much Music and MTV fame came back to her alma mater to lend a hand with the show. Toyota, a graduate of the MBM program, said she was happy to be giving back to the school that gave her so much. The contest focuses on songwriting more than the performance so the judges had many things to consider as they waited for the performances to begin. ďIt depends on the musicality,Ē said Lindsay Dworkin, one of the judges and a talent scout for Sonablast Records. ďMy job is not to lose the record labelís money,Ē she said. ďIs it marketable? Does it fit... Full Story »
Photograph By: Olivia Da SilvaATHLETIC SCHOLARS: Scholastic Award winners Rizwan Thawer and Heather Murphy stand proudly with their awards in hand.
A luncheon dedicated to student-athletes at UOIT took place on March 25, but instead of celebrating their abilities on the courts, fields or rinks, it was for their dedication to hitting the books. In total, 31 students were presented with an All-Academic Award in honour of their grades. The average GPA among the 200-plus athletes at UOIT is 2.7, or a B-. Eighteen of those athletes maintained a GPA of 3.7, an A-, or higher. Alongside the All-Academic Awards were the Top GPA Awards and the UOIT Scholastic Awards. The Top GPA Award celebrated the two students (one male, one female) with the highest GPAs in each sport. The UOIT Scholastic Award was presented to the male and female students with the highest GPA overall. This yearís winners of the Scholastic Award were Heather Murphy of the Tennis team, and Rizwan Thawer of the Soccer team. Murphy, a fourth year Kinesiology student, said itís a balance to try to keep up with both sports and school. ďYou just have to really commit to what youíre doing in both aspects. Get... Full Story »
With foot upon foot of snow falling this winter, DC and UOIT students are becoming frustrated with the reduced number of parking spaces on campus. For those lucky enough to get a spot they are finding themselves cramped because of other vehicles parking over the lines, while others, fed-up with the constant circling of the lots, take it upon themselves to park in the fire lanes.