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2 The Chronicle December 19 - 25, 2017 Campus BACK of the FRONT DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT, and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras Photograph by Shana Fillatrau Slippin' and slidin' down Simcoe A car accident occured outside the Simcoe St. N. Tim Hortons on the first big snowfall of the year last Tuesday. The game of phones Photograph by Angela Lavallee A Durham College student chats on his cellphone while standing beside a pay phone.

Campus December 19 - 25, 2017 The Chronicle 3 Chronicle file photo Durham College President Don Lovisa says the school wants to support students who left after the strike by faculty.. DC student enrolment dips by 1,186 Tracy Wright The Chronicle Hundreds of Durham College students have withdrawn from fulltime studies due to the five-week faculty strike. The final number of students who decided to dropout was released by the college last week and Durham has announced 1,186 full-time students withdrew. Across the province more than 25,000 students have withdrawn and taken advantage of a full refund. The provincial government offered students a full tuition refund with a deadline to apply by Dec. 5. Students could withdraw from their full-time program with no academic penalties. The offer was given to students after a province-wide college faculty strike, that started Oct.16 until teachers were legislated back to work on Nov. 20. “Durham College, like other colleges, was committed to supporting students who didn’t feel they could complete their studies because of the duration of the strike,” said DC president Don Lovisa. “Many students were looking to return for a fresh start and we are continuing to work with them to help them to be successful in their college education.” Lovisa said about 89 per cent of Durham’s 12,000 full-time students elected to continue with their studies and will face an extended fall semester that will end Jan. 15. “We will ensure they get a complete education that provides them with the professional and technical expertise to pursue their career goals or plans to continue their studies,” he said. With holiday cheer comes holiday help Kaatje Henrick The Chronicle The holidays are fast approaching, which means some people are becoming overwhelmed with school, family, and bills. Durham College and UOIT are trying to help relieve some stress at this chaotic time. Every year, the schools collaborate with the Kinsmen Club of Oshawa to raise money for struggling students and families. For years Kevin Dougherty, and his wife, Pat Vale-Dougherty, ran the Holiday Food Drive. Dougherty, the associate dean in the School of Interdisciplinary studies, says he and his family volunteer every year because they love helping people and giving back to their community. “You do these things because you want to give back to the community,” says Dougherty Kevin Griffin and Brad MacIsaac are now co-chairs of the Holiday Food Drive. For the past couple of years they have tried to pass on the annual event to the students. They want the food drive to be completely student run, with the help of faculty. “We want it to be students helping students,” says Griffin. The Holiday Food Drive isn’t just about donating to your local campus and community, he says. It is also about raising awareness of those people in need. MacIsaac says the two most important parts of the food drive are helping the students in need, and bringing DC and UOIT faculty, staff, and students together to make a difference. Last year, the Holiday Food Drive raised $41,000 and provided 230 families in Oshawa with hampers full of food. A hamper consists of all the essentials plus more: a turkey, potatoes, carrots, and onions. “It usually consists of a traditional Christmas dinner,” says Griffin. Dougherty says the food drive continues to be successful because of all of the people who contribute and support it. “We didn’t start the food drive but through our involvement we saw it grow at an incredible rate,” says Dougherty. Non-perishable items can be donated in boxes all around campus. Many events also take place during the month of December to help raise money for the food drive, including poinsettia sales, candy cane raffles and the annual puck toss at Campus Ice during a Ridgebacks hockey game. In the past, students have also raised money with door decorating contests, cookie-cook offs and bake sales. The Holiday Food Drive packing day takes place Dec. 17 in the gymnasium at the Campus and Wellness Centre. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to volunteer. Has divorce left you out in the cold? Heather Don't let separations separate you from the holidays Snowdon Coping with divorce during the holidays can be difficult, especially when Christmas is important to your family. The excitement of giving and receiving gifts, as well as eating Christmas dinner, going caroling and spending time with family and friends can seem like a daunting task for a recently divorced family. However, cheer, merriment and happiness can be found during the holidays even when going through a divorce. Christmas is about family, not divorce. Remember to be patient when planning for the holidays, it’s an entirely new adjustment for the whole family. Although more time may be required when planning it is, important to remember your family’s time is precious no matter the circumstance. Spending time with loved ones may promote healing and allow for you to enjoy Christmas. Have a forgiving spirit, be happy and grateful for what you have. Giving gifts is a way of saying I am thinking about you and a simple dinner is a good way to spend time with family. The simplicity behind bringing joy to your family during the holidays is as easy as spending time with them. Letting your family know how you feel about them can be the greatest gift of all. Connecting with others and being social may benefit you during the holidays. It is important to be social and go out even if you’re tired or find it difficult. Being around people may allow you to forget some of the problems going on in your life. By building strong relationships you may find support within them. Having social support may allow the lighter side of life to shine on your holiday. Developing coping skills and finding support through counselling or group counselling may also be beneficial in the healing process. Communication allows for an understanding of self and by communicating with a counsellor or other group member you may be able to find what you need to heal. Make time to help others. It promotes positive behaviour and gives us a sense of purpose. Helping others may promote healing and enable you to see reasons behind the holidays. Make time for Christmas and your family this season. Don’t let separation separate you from the holidays.

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