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Drunk and Educated: Getting to the Bottom of the Bottle (Part Three)
March 29, 2012 – 10:27 am | No Comment
Drunk and Educated: Getting to the Bottom of the Bottle (Part Three)

The Investigation
It’s Wednesday night and you know what that means, it’s time to hit the old pub to see exactly how the MSA handles its liquor. Since I don’t drink, I recruited two friends, Jordan and Dave, to tag along in the name of binge journalism. Before reaching The Arnie, we stopped at a friend’s place who Jordan considers a “hardcore partier”. After no answer at the door, we let ourselves in to what looks like a cross between a dark alley and a Payless Shoe Store. Every conceivable style of women’s shoe was…

Drunk and Educated: Who’s Responsible? (Part Two)
March 15, 2012 – 11:17 am | No Comment
Drunk and Educated: Who’s Responsible? (Part Two)

Do the bar room blitz
After listening to Kennedy’s entire story, it sounded as if schools were only enabling this type of behaviour. If students that are arriving on campus expect a lifestyle taken straight out of Animal House, shouldn’t a post-secondary institution be doing something to educate or at least prevent it from happening?
Funny thing is after researching and speaking with numerous academics, counsellors and school reps, I have yet to find a single major college or university in Ontario – or Canada – that doesn’t serve alcohol to its students. McMaster University…

MSA elections, students don’t care or just unaware
March 10, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment
MSA elections, students don’t care or just unaware

It has been another year of Mohawk Student Association elections and another disappointing turnout. Despite responsibility for about $6 million in student money, the MSA was unable to raise interest in the elections, receiving a total of 490 votes in a student body of about 12,500 students.
“It’s definitely tough; it’s something we are faced with every year. This was certainly worse than previous years; voter turnout was very bad for us,” MSA President Daniel Clark stated. “But we still put a lot of man power into it, we’ve still invested money into it to…

Drunk and Educated: Binge Drinking On Campus (Part One)
March 7, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment
Drunk and Educated: Binge Drinking On Campus (Part One)

Alcohol comes in many tastes, textures and amounts. Some people view alcohol as an art form that should be sipped, tasted and critiqued with little cubes of cheese. Others consume it as a way to escape the stresses we face on a daily basis. No matter how it’s poured, for centuries human civilization has enjoyed the effects an alcoholic beverage affords us – with me being an exception. I’ve never bought into or acquired a taste for drinking. To be honest, I’ve never had my own drink let alone experience the quickly forgotten wonders of…

Students use drug to enhance academic performance
November 21, 2011 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
Students use drug to enhance academic performance

The use of Adderall among university students for studying purposes is becoming outrageous. The drug is illegal in the hands of people who don’t have ADHD.
“I’ve been taking it since I was in high school,” says Madeleine Hall. She carries a prescription for the drug in order to treat her Attention Deficit Disorder. “It helps me stay focused. Because my friends know I have it though, they come to me first when exams roll around.”
Adderall is a legal brand-name amphetamine medication used to treat those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.) or narcolepsy.…

Recreation in need of a facelift
November 10, 2011 – 7:17 pm | No Comment
Recreation in need of a facelift

Students will be waiting even longer as plans to construct the new athletics facility have been pushed back to April 2012, a date that can’t come soon enough.
“Currently our athletics facilities are probably the smallest facility [on a campus] considering the amount of students that we have,” says Matthew Schnarr, Campus Recreation Coordinator for Mohawk’s Students’ Athletics Committee [SAC]. “If you look at other colleges and universities, like Fanshawe, UFT, Mississauga who don’t have as many students, they have outstanding facilities that have more space and programs. I would say ours ranks very low…

Milloy says changes to OSAP would be “like Leon’s Furniture”
October 3, 2011 – 3:24 pm | No Comment
Milloy says changes to OSAP would be “like Leon’s Furniture”

In a conference call today, John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, compared one aspect of the Liberal’s education plan to the sales tactic of a furniture store. “Just like Leon’s Furniture” is how Milloy describes the changes the Liberals are looking to make to OSAP if re-elected. No interest and no payment on loans for the first six months.
Graduates would no longer be charged monthly interest or expected to make any form of payment for half a year, which could make it easier for graduates to find their bearings. Along with this…

Mohawk’s rugby team is forced to grow up fast
October 3, 2011 – 6:49 am | No Comment
Mohawk’s rugby team is forced to grow up fast

A big part of competing in the Ontario Colleges’ Athletic Association is dealing with the loss of players in key roles and developing new players to fill them. That is the situation head coach Alex Paris is in with the men’s rugby team.
“We have a lot of rugby to learn to play over the next couple of weeks and for us to be able to be consistent we just got to make sure that we have our new guys understanding what we’re doing,” said Paris.
With the loss of last year’s OCAA Player of…

OPSEU reaches agreement bringing strike to an end
September 19, 2011 – 7:44 am | No Comment
OPSEU reaches agreement bringing strike to an end

After 18 days, a tentative settlement has been reached to end Ontario’s college support staff strike.
Following two days of bargaining by negotiators, the deal was struck late Sunday night.
Rob Bemister, chair of the OPSEU bargaining team, said the union secured key contract proposals for its members and hopes all members will approve the tentative deal.
Over 8,000 college support workers will be returning to work Sept. 20.
Details are expected to be released after the settlement has been approved, which a date has not been set for.…

Mohawk fills the gaps as support staff walks the line
September 17, 2011 – 7:07 pm | No Comment
Mohawk fills the gaps as support staff walks the line

It goes without saying – the support staff on strike has posed a unique set of challenges for Mohawk College.   With the theoretical ball being left behind by the strikers, part-time and administrative staff have teamed up with students to keep the game in play.
Some big names in the college have been found helping out wherever possible.
“I even saw [Mohawk College] President Rob MacIsaac [helping out] in the OSAP office one of the days,” said Andy Hall, MSA’s Vice President.
Meanwhile over in The Square, Jay Robb, Director of Media Relations for Mohawk…