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2 The Chronicle March 6 - 12, 2018 Campus BACK of the FRONT DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT, and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras Just doing some light duty Photograph by Heather Snowdon Photograph by Connor McTague A worker fixes a street light at DC Oshawa campus by the parking lot. Super reading girl Emily MacPhee, a library technician student at DC, is promoting literacy at the Oshawa campus. Oshawa Music Week nominations open! Oshawa Music Week, formerly known as Reel Music, is taking nominations for local Durham Region musicians for this year's Award Show. There are five awards up for nominations including lifetime achievement, best artist or band, best live venue, emerging artist and industry leader. Nominations are open until March 9. You can nominate community members by visiting their website Oshawa Music Week, an annual event run by DC music business administration students kicks off April 5 with World Music Showcase in the Pit. There are events planned on and off campus from performances to panels with industry professionals like Sum 41's Dave Baksh. Follow the Chronicle on Twitter @DCUOITChronicle

Campus March 6 - 12, 2018 The Chronicle 3 UOIT gets new president Austin Andru The Chronicle The new president of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology wants to ensure the final word in the school’s name continues to be its focus. The board of governors chose Dr. Steven Murphy to replace Dr. Tim McTiernan, who has served for the last six years. Murphy officially took office on March 1. Murphy says he sees himself as a mentor and a coach for the university and wants to make sure technology is being utilized in all programs. “I’d like to see us accelerate in terms of how every faculty views what they’re doing in a lens of technology,” says Murphy. “We really should be producing the best teachers who are able to use the latest technologies.” Murphy has spent the last four years as the dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University and five years as an associate professor at Carleton University. Murphy has published more than 100 academic papers. Murphy says after talking to students and alumni, many of them indicated the one-on-one experience with the professors is a Dr. Steven Murphy, the new president of UOIT, took office March 1. major strength for the university. “I think that’s a huge strength,” says Murphy. “We have to make sure we preserve it.” UOIT’s campus partner is hoping to build his one-on-one relationship with Murphy. “Anytime somebody new comes, they come with an energy and a vision and I look forward to seeing where he wants to take the university and how we can be a Photograph by Austin Andru part of it,” says Don Lovisa, president of DC. “I’ve worked with two presidents now—this will be my third one. And they’re all different.” "Steven has a great track record at Ryerson,” says Lovisa. Murphy says the greatest challenge facing students is how to positively use social media. He says older students have the maturity to understand what people put on social media is just a “snapshot” of their life that they’ve chosen to show, younger students don’t realize this. Murphy says some younger students see what others are doing on social media and think to themselves, “Geez, my life isn’t like that.” Murphy says going forward it is important for faculty to talk about the benefits of social media, but also the negative aspects of it. Murphy says when he was a student things were different. “Sure there was expectations in my life but I didn’t have to worry about social media on top of things.” Murphy says young people are often pressured too early. Murphy says not enough people are saying to young people, “it’s OK.” “You can learn and you can fail,” says Murphy. “You’re going to have many jobs and you’re going to be able to pivot many times, and you can take many different degrees and you don’t have to know everything at 18.” DC, UOIT campuses: Are we in any danger? Cassidy McMullen The Chronicle With the recent high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed, it begs the question – how safe are the Durham College-UOIT campuses? The director of campus safety at Durham and UOIT suggests people are more likely to be hit by lightning than to face a violent incident like the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “The FBI has suggested that, and this includes schools in the States, an individual is more than likely to be struck by lightning twice before they would be involved in an active threat on campus,” says Tom Lynch, who has been responsible for campus safety for the past six years. According to CBC News, Canada has had 12 deadly school shootings since 1965. America has had 18 school shooting this year as of Feb. 20 with 10 resulting in injury or death. Last year there was a reported 65 school shootings says Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun safety organization in the United States. “We have a risk register at the campus of safety, things that from a very imperial standpoint we are at risk at,” Lynch says. “Active threat shooter isn’t even on the front page, and these are scientific, imperial studies, a plane missing Oshawa airport (and crashing on campus) is higher on the list.” If there was an active threat, someone posing a danger to the campus, we would go into lockdown, says Lynch, who spoke about campus threats to Durham College journalism students recently. Lynch answered questions on the subject of lockdowns and what to do in the case of one. What is a lockdown? A lockdown is a planned response to an active threat. In the event of an active threat, the campus would be put into a lockdown which means services and activity on campus would stop while students and faculty find a safe place to wait for police to respond. How will we be alerted? An announcement would come over the public address system (PA), along with the electronic displays around campus and an exterior alarm would sound alerting anyone in or around the building of the lockdown. An alert would also be visible on the DC’s and UOIT’s website and it would be posted on the schools’ social media platforms. What do we do in a lockdown? In the event of a lockdown, you have two options - hide or leave. “Never discount the opportunity to leave,” Lynch says. “You have a lot of exits here.” If you are close to an exit and do not see or hear any disturbances, it might be better to leave the campus altogether. If you aren’t, it’s time to hide. “We want to make time and distance away from the active threat,” Lynch says. If it takes police six minutes to respond to an active threat, Lynch says, then you want to put that amount or more of that time or distance between you and the active threat. For example, if you move from The Pit, if that was the location of an active threat, and go to a classroom you have put distance between you and the threat. Another example would be when you are in the classroom you lock or barricade the door like campus security suggests. There is not more distance, but an obstacle that will take more time for the threat to get through, Lynch says. Campus security also suggests finding a room with few windows. If there are any windows in the room, cover them if you can or hide where you wouldn’t be visible through them. Turn off the lights as well. In the event of a lockdown, turn your phone on to silent. If you are going to be communicating with someone, message or text them. Should I plan beforehand? Lynch says while having a plan in mind is fine, “the plan needs to be fluid.” While you’re in your classrooms or work environment on campus, it’s good to think about what you might do in a lockdown situation. However, that might not be where you are if a lockdown is called, Lynch points out. “Let’s try this, you’re in line at the Tim Hortons where I see you all the time and they go lockdown,” Lynch says. “What’s your plan?” Having one set plan doesn’t work in these situations because the individual causing the threat is going to have a fluid plan, just like you. “We cannot create a response because the active threat is a human and humans adapt to what Photograph by Cassidy McMullen Tom Lynch is responsible for campus safety at DC and UOIT. we do,” Lynch says. The best way to prepare is to observe your surroundings. Keep in mind where exits are, if doors lock and where they are located. “If you understand your environment, you’re already a step ahead,” Lynch says. Is an active threat likely? The north Oshawa campus of DC and UOIT has had lockdowns called before.The most recent was in 2015, where someone had brought a replica weapon to campus. “I believe I have been involved in instances that had a potential to put my community at risk, three times,” Lynch says, recalling his six years on campus. “And none of come into fruition.”

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