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8 The Chronicle February 13 -19, 2018 Campus The Chronicle moves to Main St. Shana Fillatrau The Chronicle The Chronicle is now on ‘Main Street’. The first day of second semester, second-year journalism students were surprised to learn they had their own newsroom. The Durham College journalism programs had been putting together The Chronicle newspaper and website and a radio program on the Riot in multiple classrooms, but now students have a place to produce news and information 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The room, formally known as B138, is better known to those on campus as the room adjacent to The Pit, beside the Marketplace cafeteria. It used to be the old Student Association’s (SA) Clubs and Societies room. When the Durham College and UOIT SA divorced last year, the room remained empty. Until now. Journalism professors Brian Legree, Danielle Harder and Teresa Goff, put in a program change request to the Program Proposal Review Committee (PPRC). The PPRC brings recommended program changes to Elaine Popp, Durham’s vice-president, academic. The new room is part of a plan in which the second-year journalism students would participate in an eight-month-long, experiential learning, newsroom environment. The professors proposed to use the vacant room in The Pit as their functioning newsroom. It is a ministry mandate, as well as a goal for the college, to have an experiential learning component in every program, said Popp. She wants the components to be “robust, meaningful, and truly prepare students to be career-ready when they’re graduating from us. We want our graduates to be sought after in the industry that they’ve been trained in. “ Through the request, it was also brought to the attention of Greg Murphy, the dean of the School of Media, Art and Design, as well as Durham College president Don Lovisa. Murphy said it was Lovisa’s idea to give the room to The Chronicle, since it is a high-profile spot on campus. “It was really Don Lovisa who made the decision, and he had to really look at different possible uses for that room and see that The Chronicle had a great history of really representing the school well.” Students will be more aware of The Chronicle, now that Photograph by Shana Fillatrau Journalism professors (from left) Danielle Harder, Brian Legree and Teresa Goff enjoy their new space in the Chronicle room. it is in a high-traffic area, both Murphy and Legree, the journalism program coordinator, agree. “For several years, the journalism program team has wanted to be on, what we call, ‘Downtown Durham College,’ or on ‘Main Street,’ much like any major media organization. They want to be in the heart of the action.” Legree said it will be beneficial We want our graduates to be sought after in the industry that they have been trained in. for journalism students because they will not only have more handson experience, but will be accountable for their actions. The front of the new room is all glass, so students can be seen at all times while working in The Chronicle space. Lovisa wants to see a vibrancy in the newsroom after that space sat quiet and dark for several months. “It’s a very public space, a space where what I am trying to achieve is that there is always something going on. There’s life there, and when students are sitting in the pit, they see something going on. So it just made sense to make it into a newsroom. ”Peter Fitzpatrick, a first-year journalism student who will have use of the room all year starting next fall, is excited to be in a more professional environment. “I think it will be very beneficial. It will give more experience going into the workplace. Getting into the newsroom. It will give me the tools to succeed.” DC open house just 'fabulous' Good crowd for Durham College open house Cassidy McMullen The Chronicle The long awaited open house has happened. More than 800 potential students came to Durham College (DC) Jan. 20 with their friends and families to tour the school, look at the programs and extracurriculars the school has to offer. Due to the five-week college faculty strike, the fall open house had been cancelled and replaced by a winter open house instead. Emily Sharp, already a student at Durham, brought her younger sister to the open house to look at her options. Erica took a year off between high school and post-secondary in order to work and is now looking for her next step. “Inspiration to do something, I suppose, find a class to take, program to take,” says Erica, who is thinking about taking an art program at Durham but really wants to do something that involves writing. Mikaela Kauffeldt knows exactly what she wants to study. “Occupational therapy,” Kauffeldt says. Kauffeldt made the two-hour trip to DC from Haliburton for her first post-secondary open house. Kauffeldt hopes that from touring the school she would see if DC was the place for her. “It’s my first time being here,” Kauffeldt says. “I like the city.” On the administrative side, DC president Don Lovisa says the open house went well. “Just fabulous,” Lovisa says. “For a rescheduling of an open house, because we couldn’t have an open house during the strike, just fabulous, great response, we are very impressed.” Each year for the last five years, Lovisa has run a ‘meet the president’ event where potential students ask him questions about Durham I get to talk to students on 'why Durham College?' in order to earn some school swag. “I love it, it’s so much fun, it really is, it’s a lot of fun,” Lovisa says. “I get a lot of fun questions but most importantly I get to talk to parents and potential students on 'why Durham College?” Being asked by prospective students why they should choose Durham is usually a popular question but Lovisa’s favourite this year was from a young man asking what Lovisa’s favourite program is at DC. “I said that’s like picking your favourite child, you can’t do that,” Lovisa says. Brent Vipond was at DC to check out the school’s continuing education program. He’s currently working in a print and framing shop in Scarborough but is looking to return to school. Photograph by Cassidy McMullen Lisa White, director of admission and recruitment, joins DC president Don Lovisa at open house. “It’s close to home,” Vipond says. “I’ve been around the area a lot. Everyone who’s gone to Durham said they went and got good stuff out of it.” Despite the later date for the fall-turned-winter open house, the spring open house will be the regular date of March 25.

Community February 13 - 19, 2018 The Chronicle 9 'People hire people - not degrees' Shanelle Somers The Chronicle After graduating some students may assume the doors of employment will swing wide open. But, actually there is still more work to be done. The fact is employers are interested in you - not necessarily your education. This is the reality Bachelor of Arts (BA) university undergraduates and graduates are facing today and what was communicated to students attending the ‘What to do with your BA’ event at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). “I definitely think that university has turned from being exceptional to being an expectation. Students have just determined that a university education is just a part of the path to success,” says Hamdi Jimale, Social Sciences and Humanities Society (SSHS) student president. In order to confront this and help guide students to employment, UOIT’s SSHS invited four panelists to speak to a group of more than 100 students at the event held Jan. 31 at UOIT’s downtown campus. Each panelist spoke on the importance of making the most of a BA through their personal experiences. The group of panelists included Durham Regional Constable Jarrod Singh (otherwise known as the dancing cop), Toronto youth cabinet advisory board member Arrathiyah Thirukkumaran; Oshawa criminal and family lawyer Nick Frid; talent interviewer and host for Faze Magazine Deanna Foster; and panel moderator, Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos, assistant teaching professor of UOIT. Panelists offered 20 tips to students who are looking to make the most out of their education and future careers. Among the tips given were to build your character, seek support, volunteer and to make yourself an asset in the workplace. Const. Singh says what students can do right now in the midst of their education is build their character. He says going out and Photograph by Shanelle Somers Social sciences and humanities students engaged as they got top tips from the panelists. getting a job and getting involved with extracurricular activities is important even if it does feel overwhelming. Thirukkumaran says it’s important to take care of yourself during your education experience and extracurricular activities. She says when you feel something is wrong, you should seek support. “Not having a good support system will hinder you,” says Thirukkumaran. Frid says volunteering helped him a lot in his career path. “Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, entrepreneurial skills are essential. What I found out about volunteering is it’s a great place to fail - failure is so important, you learn a lot from it,” says Frid. Foster ended the evening with advice students don’t always hear. She says employers are looking to hire you, not necessarily your education. “People hire people - not degrees. If one person is making effort to explore the world around them and is constantly looking for ways to further their professional developmental journey, the employer will most likely be interested in them,” says Foster. Students left the event feeling equipped and felt a little more guided in how to approach their studies and the job market. Forensic student Dylan Walters says, “as a student who has absolutely no clue how to get myself out there the panelists gave us such a great start on what I actually do. It’s so important to get your name and position out there and as much as our parents tell us to just, you know go out there, and go up to an employer and ask for a job, obviously for me it’s not that simple but with the advice I was given tonight it almost feels like it could be that simple.” Toyota moves from Toronto to Bowmanville Austin Andru The Chronicle Toyota is investing $40 million to relocate its distribution centre from Toronto to Bowmanville. More than 100 employees from the company’s Toronto centre will be transferred to the new location at the corner of Lambs Road and Baseline Road and up to 150 new jobs in the short and long term will be created for members of the community. Toyota says construction will begin later this year with a plan to begin operations by 2019. “I certainly think it’s great because it means jobs and economic activity in the area,” says Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, in an interview. “We’re really trying to showcase Clarington and Durham in its affordability.” O’Toole says Toyota centre employees will be able to get into the housing market, which might not be possible if they were in Toronto. In addition, O’Toole says it is financially beneficial for the company to move outward and it will put Clarington on the map for other businesses. “They can get good industrial land at a good price,” O’Toole says. By making the investment in Clarington, it shows that companies are looking east of the GTA, and may encourage other companies to invest in Clarington. “Toyota is a name of global prominence,” says O’Toole. Briana Scullion of corporate communications for Toyota says there were a number of factors that led to choosing Clarington, including the cost of land, accessibility to Highway 401 and a town incentive for companies that buy land in the municipality. Scullion says Toyota “really liked the effort that the staff from the Municipality of Clarington, the Region of Durham and the Clarington Board of Trade put forward to attract the company to this location.” “We were number three on the list,” says Clarington mayor Adrian Foster. “Our staff and board of trade had to try really hard to get Toyota here.” Scullion says Clarington meets Toyota’s needs perfectly as the location is very close to the highway and transportation infrastructure. “With neighbours like UOIT and Durham College, we know that we’d be very well positioned to take advantage of the area’s highly skilled workforce,” says Scullion. Basia Radomski, tourism manager for the Municipality of Clarington, says Toyota’s move to town will spur growth in the community. “This investment elevates Clarington’s profile within the economic development world and Land where the Toyota distribution centre will be built. should attract further growth in the employment sector,” says Radomski. Toyota says most jobs will be filled by employees of the former distribution centre in phase one and won’t bring many new jobs immediately. However, they indicate there will be a large number of construction jobs which in turn, will be Photograph by Austin Andru a boost to local businesses. Toyota says the second phase will bring in more local jobs with a planned expansion of the facility. The timing of the expansion is undetermined.

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