Samantha Payne

About the author

Samantha Payne is a student journalist at Durham College and reporter for the Chronicle. Growing up in B.C. sparked her interest in environmental reporting. Exposure to tabloids at a young age also drove her to explore entertainment and lifestyle journalism. You can reach her at

How a park can unite a community

Historic sites give us ties to the community. The problems start to occur when people forget the importance of landmarks.

Real or robot: experts say animals are good for mental health

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences has more than 150 volunteers, two of which are therapy dogs: Molly, a 13-year-old Dalmatian, and Aspen,...

Why athletes across sports inflate their heights

A tall roster demands respect. But what happens when those players all listed above six feet, walk into a gym and you have to look down?

Embrace your body with low-rise jeans

Clothes are made for you, not the other way around. Now is not the time to let trends dictate how you dress and feel about your body. Low-rise jeans are nothing to be scared of.

Saving your wallet and the environment on Valentine’s Day

The first colour to come to mind when talking about Valentine’s Day may be red, the colour of love. However, the climate crisis is...

From playing to coaching, Madison Harvey is giving back to a sport she loves

When you can't play anymore, you coach. That's the advice Madison Harvey is taking to heart this year, trying to make a difference in younger girls lives by giving them a female coach they can look up to.

Walking a trail to remember the past

More than 30 people gathered on Friday for the Pass the Torch Remembrance Trail Walk at Camp Samac.The walk on Nov. 10 along a...

Fake it until you make it

Feeling down is the natural response to a bad day, but in the world of sports, athletes aren’t allowed to have bad days

Taylor Swift’s Folklore is a deep dive into personal growth

Young romance has a way of being intense and all-consuming. If you grew up listening to Taylor Swift, then you’ve heard all the stages...

Juggling design dreams and studies: DC student’s tale of ambition and challenge

Cassidy Unra, a second-year Graphic Design student at Durham College, has transitioned from a business major to graphic design, a move she describes as...

A primer on campus safety: code blues, fire alarms…and knapsack pulls

Have you ever wondered about the big red poles located around Durham College (DC)? Or why fire alarms go off in one part of...

Lords women’s volleyball scores academic honours

The Durham College women’s volleyball team dominated at the recent academic banquet where athletes were recently honoured.Elaine Popp, the vice-president of academics, spoke at...