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2 The Chronicle February 27 - March 5, 2018 Campus BACK of the FRONT DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT, and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras Chronicle up for awards Toby Van Weston The Durham College Chronicle, the newspaper and website produced by Journalism - Mass Media students, has been recognized for its quality work by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association in its 2017 Better Newspapers Competition. Student Toby Van Weston is one of three finalists in the Best Feature Story Category, for a story he produced in 2017 about water issues on Scugog Island. The Chronicle's website,, is also a finalist for best college or university news website. In addition, Travis Fortnum, who now works at CP24 in Toronto, was given honourable mentions in both Best Feature Story (Homophobia in Hockey )and Best News Story categories (Murder in North Oshawa). Most recently, the Chronicle finished second in the General Excellence category at the 2016 awards. First, second and third place winners will be presented during the Awards Gala on Friday, April 20 at the Sheraton Parkway n Richmond Hill. "We're really proud of the work done by Toby and Travis as well as the entire program to be nominated among Ontario colleges and universities. Our students consistently produce industry standard journalism and it is reflected in jobs they get when they graduate. says Brian Legree, program coordinator." The Chronicle and the journalism program has been a fixture at Durham College for more than 40 years. For more information on the program, visit / programs/journalism-mass-media. Travis Fortnum The following articles have been recognized by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association. (above), Toby Van Weston's Scugog water story is up for Best Feature Story, (top right), Travis Fortnum achieved honourable mentions for Best News Story and (bottom right), Best Feature Story.

Campus February 27 - March 5, 2018 The Chronicle 3 Inside DC's new building A look inside $40M project Shanelle Somers The Chronicle It is the oldest building at Durham College (DC) – at least for the time being. From 1967 to this year, DC’s original Simcoe Building has been home to thousands of students. But that is about to change. The Simcoe Building will be demolished once DC’s newest building project, The Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE), opens its doors. The building expected is expected to open in September. Standing four storeys high, containing 19 classrooms and three lounge areas, the CFCE is located at DC’s north campus on Simcoe Street, just north of the main entrance. Michelle Darling, senior project manager, Project Portfolio Management and Planning, says the Simcoe Building reached a point that due to the cost of maintenance and outdated technology it became too expensive to keep operational. “There was an opportunity to build a new building that reflected the style of Durham College’s pedagogy, which is collaborative learning,” says Darling. Darling says the $40 million project had been in the works for five years and was financed with money from the federal and provincial governments, Durham District School Board and DC’s fundraising team. The CFCE building has many features DC is excited about John Cook The Chronicle UOIT’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) has scored a $5 million investment to enhance the state-of-the-art testing facility with technology that will help auto makers develop more fuel efficient vehicles. Minister of Economic Development and Growth Steven Del Duca was at ACE on Feb. 12 to announce $4 million in funding from the province. The other $1 million will come from automotive supplier Magna International, according to David Pascoe, vice-president of engineering at Magna. The money will be used to pay for the addition of a “rolling-road” or moving ground plane to ACE’s climatic wind tunnel. The tunnel simulates harsh weather conditions, such as extreme temperatures or hurricane-force winds and is routinely used to test various aspects of vehicles. It can test the overall resiliency and wind resistance of automobiles—something which can lead to the development of more environmentally-conscious vehicle designs. John Komar, director of ACE, said the tunnel mainly focuses on to achieve its goal of being an eco-friendly and sustainable project. Darling says the building’s mechanical and energy systems, cleaning products, toilets, LED lights, design and heating and cooling systems are made with the intention of being eco-friendly. The CFCE plans to include a green space in place of the Simcoe Building once it has been demolished. Aside from containing 19 classrooms and three lounge areas, the CFCE building will be dedicating its first floor to two large classrooms - one containing 80 seats, the other 50 seats. The first floor will also hold the Global Classroom, mini breakout classrooms, the Aboriginal Student Centre, FastStart, eating and seating areas. The second floor will house DC’s Cosmetic Techniques and Spa Management program and the Esthetician and Spa Management program. The third floor will hold 10 classrooms for Durham College’s Centre for Success in partnership with the Durham District School Board and the nursing program will be moving to the fourth floor as it is designated to patient care science. The CFCE is also including two new features which are newly-designed study spaces for students located on each floor as well as a napping pod area for students to have a rest between classes. The construction of the building is set to be completed by Apr. 28 by measuring the aerodynamics of automobiles. “Getting the best aerodynamic design [in vehicles] is one of the elements you need to reduce greenhouse gases,” he said. A moving ground plane is a high-tech moving belt under vehicles which improves testing conditions, especially when measuring the aerodynamics of the underside Eastern Construction who, Darling says, has worked hard to keep the building on schedule from when they first began in Nov. 14, 2016. “In the 11 years I have worked here I can’t believe how Durham College has grown,” Darling says. “The consideration that’s given to the student experience is just a real thing in every level of the process when we are designing these new buildings and building them. The conversations are real around the table, you’ve got to think of the student experience.” From May 1 – Aug. 15 the new CFCE will be furnished and set to be ready for academic startup in September. UOIT wind tunnel gets $5M to 'blow away' the competition Minister of Economic Development and Growth, Steven Del Duca speaks at UOIT. of a vehicle in motion. It’s like a treadmill but for cars. Dr. Steven Murphy, incoming president of UOIT, said the installation of a moving ground plane will “transform” the ACE into an industry-leading test centre, and said the investments represent “a vote of confidence for our university.” Del Duca said it is important for Photograph by John Cook the province to invest in innovative facilities such as ACE, because the auto industry is rapidly developing with new technologies. “What we’re seeing here in this centre is the convergence of hightech and auto-tech,” said Del Duca. “What you’re doing here is going to be as big a change for the industry as the change was from carriages to cars. And you’re a big Photographs by Shanelle Somers The CFCE building in progress (above) and Michelle Darling, senior project manager (below). reason why Ontario is leading the way in the auto sector.” Since opening its doors in 2011, the ACE climatic wind tunnel has been used for a wide variety of testing purposes, not just cars and trucks. Toronto Fire Services has used the tunnel for research and training exercises in blizzard-like conditions. Companies have used the facility to test and develop drones that are more effective at flying in high winds. At this year’s Olympics, Team Canada’s alpine skiers are wearing suits which were extensively tested at the tunnel to minimize wind resistance on their speedy descent. In his announcement, Del Duca said the investments will help students get more hands-on, experiential learning. “It will give students the tools to train and conduct research in a high-tech environment, preparing them for the jobs of the future,” said Del Duca. The wind tunnel is mainly used by students from engineering and kinesiology programs at the university. It is also occasionally used for research projects involving other programs, especially those related to the STEM fields.

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