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15 2012 Produced by the Mohawk Journalism Program

Issue Five

Mohawk Flies High


P2/ The Agency opens in McKeil

P6/ The Grey Cup visits Hamilton

P3/ To be or not to be, Tivoli?




really cool space to do it.” And the space is not meant to be like a conventional classroom. The whole experience is made to make students feel they are in a work environment, which means taking the rigid feeling out of school. “It’s not like you’re in a box with a teacher or professor talking to you,” said Torres. “Here they’re right with you, they’re helping you, it’s like a real office.”

Students doing their work at the new space for the Agency

“When we work on projects for just school, we don’t really think of budgets or how we’re going to produce it in real life,” said Advertising student Sarah Quinto. “With real clients, you have to focus on what could be done, and what the client can do for you.” Photo: Steve Spriensma

A different kind of service Steven Spriensma Ignite News It looks like a different kind of classroom: beanbag chairs along brightly-coloured walls, a broad open concept, high tables resembling steel girding. But then again, it’s not really a classroom: it’s The Agency, a new project run by the McKeil School of Business to give students a ‘living learning’ experience. Well, for the most part. “They were thinking of putting a slide in there,” said Advertising student Emmanuel Torres. “I guess that got scratched.” The Agency is different from the rest of the school not only in its environment, but also its goals: connecting students with Hamilton non-profits and doing pro bono work, providing the former with real-world work experience and the latter with no-cost campaigns. The idea had been floating around, and it was the former Dean of Business, Media and Entertainment, Rick Court, who approached the various programs and got the ball rolling. “It was just a general concept,” said Joseph

Duda, manager of The Agency. “How we could integrate students from various programs working collaboratively for notfor-profit clients.” The various programs- Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Graphic Design, and Radio and Television Productioncame together to create this new kind of service.

Hamilton non-profits can get involved by coming to the Agency, and this relationship with the community has created more opportunities for both sides. “We have an RFP (Request for Proposal) process which we didn’t have in place before,” said Tim Tuck, Program Coordinator for the Public Relations program. “Joe Duda orchestrates the RFP process and sends out requests to the community to come to us with ideas in regards to their projects.”

“That [the number of programs involved] is probably going to expand yet further as we move forward,” said Duda. According to Wayne Aubert, Program Coordinator for the Advertising program, they have been doing this for a while, albeit on a smaller scale. Photo: Steve Spriensma

“We’ve been working with The Agency offers a professional learning environment non-profits for years,” he for students in a variety of related programs said. “We’ve always had a student ad agency in the third year, so we’ve always been doing that anyway.” “That’s a new element to it, and from that perspective it’s given us more attention “My students are now physically located within the community, because they now in the Agency, so now we actually have a know we are here and are doing this.”



Future of the Tivoli Theatre uncertain Thomas Allen Ignite News

The Tivoli Theatre could be the latest piece to the James Street North revitalization puzzle, after rumours of a possible buyer for the dormant theatre have surfaced. Belma Diamante, CEO of the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble, bought the theatre for just one dollar in 2004 from the Sniderman family – after a wall collapsed on the south side of the building – and the theatre has been closed ever since.

Mohawk’s new Boeing 727 sits at Hamilton’s Munro airport

Photo: Diego Flammini

Major gift to Mohawk’s aviation students Diego Flammini Ignite News It might look like any other Boeing 727100 airplane at first glance, but there are some glaring differences. The Boeing 727 towers over the planes Mohawk students are used to working on For one, the engines have been removed. Inside, the luxury seats and interior that once lined the aircraft have been removed, exposing the wiring that runs throughout the plane. The leather couches have been replaced with desks turning it into the newest (and coolest) classroom for students of Mohawk’s School of Aviation, located at the Hamilton International Airport. Kelowna Flightcraft donated the plane and it gives and provides a learning environment for the students that a textbook simply can’t. “You only can learn so much off the books,” said first-year student Jeffrey Da Silva. “The fact that we get to actually hold the bolts in our hand, hold the tools and use them is a huge experience for us.” Those giving the lessons are as happy as the students about having the aircraft readily available as a learning tool.

“It’s really incredible,” said hydraulics instructor Blaine Stafford. “To actually demonstrate, to show what the hydraulics do is a huge advantage for the kids.” The mahogany and granite is replaced with desks and exposed wiring “It’s a great opportunity for the students to see the entire aircraft stripped down and able to trace wiring to plumbing, to hydraulics,” said instructor Shawn Hoyle. Both Hoyle and Stafford said the addition of the jet to Mohawk’s program could act as a selling point for potential students looking to start a career in aviation. The airplane donation is just the beginning for Mohawk’s burgeoning School of Aviation. Their aviation structures program will begin next year, and have plans to start an avionics program (aircraft electronics), aviation management postgraduate certificate, and a flight school.

Earlier this week, Diamante has revealed that there is a serious buyer but she will not disclose whom. Built in additions from 1875 to 1924, the Tivoli Theatre was originally a carriage factory and in 1924 it became a vaudeville venue and movie house. Later, in 1995 it became a venue for live stage until it was closed in 2004. “The old auditorium has been empty for a number of years” said Mark Wilson, a member of the Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society who wrote about the history of Tivoli Theatre in the book ‘Vanished Hamilton IV’. “To revamp it, it’s going to be huge, huge money”. Jason Farr, Ward 2 Councilor, says that a renovated Tivoli would further help with the James Street revival and there are numerous grants for which the potential buyer could apply. “Whomever the purchaser is, if they not aware, there is a number of incentives for them,” said Farr.

And a plane Boeing built in 1975 doesn’t come without it’s own history.

The buyer could apply for CIT (Communities In Transition) grants, as well as heritage grants (the theatre is on the “Top Ten Most Endangered” list on Heritage Canada’s website).

From 1990 to 2001, the “Queen of Mean”, hotel tycoon and convicted tax evader Leona Helmsley was the plane’s owner and the interior consisted of a queen bed, two couches, mahogany cabinetry and a solid gold faucet.

“Whether it’s live music, or stage venues, or Die Hard, I have some very fond memories and I think a lot of Hamiltonians do too and to hear that there’s some progressive movements afoot is music to my ears,” said Farr.





Surviving College: Finance 101 for students

Andrew Roebuck Ignite News

the first session being filled in less than 24 hours.

It’s that time of year again: the Christmas season is coming and money is getting tight. “Financial industry [sic] is a huge problem not just with the college here, but with students all over North America,” said Dan Pavic, student services analyst at Mohawk. Pavic is one of the minds behind the college’s latest attempt to inform students about financial responsibility. The webinar, entitled “Surviving College”, offers students the chance to learn more about the college lifestyle and gives financial advice for those students just coming into the post-secondary atmosphere. “We are trying to teach them [students] elementary ideas but their habits tell a different story,” said Pavic. “Our challenge is how to get students to relate in a way that interests them, that makes sense to them, and isn’t too preachy.” This is the first time one of these events is being held entirely online. So far, response to the initiative has been overwhelming, with

A major financial pitfall students may fall into is using financial service providers in order to get loans that they can’t pay back due to interest. “We do have some [students] but usually they won’t really come to our branch because if a student is not on any sort of income they can’t get a loan,” said Kiel Sabastiano,a customer services representative for Instaloan. Sabastiano says many stores like Instaloan have walls up to ensure students don’t get into something they can’t handle. As long as they pay back by the due date they won’t be charged interest (16 cents on the dollar) and the only thing they are required to pay is the broker fees. “It’s a good option only if they commit to paying it back by the due date,” he said. The next session of surviving college is on November 21st and registration will open up the previous Wednesday. For students looking for some assistance with living an affordable college lifestyle, this may be a service worth considering.

Mohawk urges students to try transit Dimitri Perdicaris Ignite News Mohawk College’s Environment Sustainability department took to the halls of the H-Wing Tuesday to educate students on the upside of taking public transit. The Sustainability Office provided a booth that included a large transit map to help students identify where they live and then recognize nearby bus routes. Christopher Chevrier is the Sustainable Environment Technician for the Sustainability Office, and a recent graduate of the Environmental Technician Program at Mohawk College. He says there are plenty of advantages for students who take transit. “We’re running an awareness campaign and we’re just trying to get people to see the benefits of taking public transit,” said Chevrier. “The travel times may not be as far away as people think to take the bus to school.” Many students took the time to visit the

booth and speak with Chevrier to see what the campaign is all about and provide some insight on it. “I live in Ancaster so it’s a bit of a commute,” said Recreation Therapy student Hannah Colby. “It’s super helpful because I’m still getting used to all the numbers and switching buses bePhoto: Steve Spriensma cause it takes a while Chevrier describes transit options to Kyle Fairhurst to get here.” Students can map their location on Google Transit to locate the nearest transit route with step-by-step directions. “To be honest it’s probably the only way that I would know how to take the bus route,” said Civil Engineering student Kyle Fairhurst. “I have no clue about that stuff and if I could use Google to do it then that would be the way.”

Chevrier also stressed the importance of the positive impact on our environment by taking public transit as opposed to driving. “We want to lower the carbon footprint for Mohawk,” Chevrier said. “The more cars we can get out of the parking lot, the better.”





Fans line up for Black Ops II Stefan Petkov Ignite Entertainment

Whether it’s for the zombies, a great storyline, or the amazing preorder bundles, nothing kept eager fans from waiting through the rainy Monday night to get their hands on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 at the midnight release.

Duty franchise, and it is more successful now than ever. The new game does not take place in some historic area of war, but in the not so distant year of 2025. A cold war between US and China has been going

Long time fan Jordan Ansley was first in line, and is looking forward to some of the new features offered. “I can’t wait to try out the new multiplayer zombie modes, I’ve read a lot about the new storyline and I was really happy to hear they are continuing the story from the last game,” he said.

on for a number of years over rare earth mineral deposits. In this game you play with Black Ops’ main protagonist’s son, David Mason.

This is the ninth installment of the Call of

The battles will be just like the previous

call of duty games, but now players will be pitted against enemies wielding mechanical and high-tech weapons. The new gameplay allows players to conduct strike-force missions in which they carry out objectives switching between soldiers and vehicles. Depending on how your mission works out, you could end up changing the whole plot of the game. Fans lined up hoping to get the coveted ‘Hardened’ collector’s edition. Only five copies were supplied to each outlet. The emergence of professional gaming has played a pivotal role in the franchise’s popularity in the online gaming communities. Call of Duty has been headlining Major League Gaming and IGN Pro League tours featuring hundreds of professional gamers and attracting millions of viewers. With files from Gregory Rosser.

History meets fantasy in Assassin’s Creed III Wade McKenzie Ignite Entertainment

The year is 1753 and the ship has docked in Boston, Massachusetts where Desmond Miles explores the past as Connor Kenway, an explorer travelling the Atlantic Ocean during the American Revolution, along side the likes of Benjamin Franklin. Assassin’s Creed III is the latest installment in the game series and was released worldwide for Xbox and PS3 on October 30th. The story follows the original with Desmond Miles and the Animus hardware that keeps him linked to his ancestors. The first and second game took us back to ancient times in history, more specifically the 1400s in Jerusalem with famous figures

such as Leonardo De Vinci. In the “present time” gameplay as Desmond Miles, there is a bit of a take on the December 21st, 2012 “end of the world” scare and the writers made sure to include this in the story line to add some relevance to the actual speculations surrounding real life conspiracies. Overall, the gameplay and controls have been revamped slightly, with a new headsup display that includes an easy to view health indicator, side map and weapon selection tool. The controls have been made easier so that there isn’t multiple buttons to “mash”, making a much easier free-running experience when scaling and climbing buildings. The graphics are incredibly crisp and clear. The animators have avoided clutter

and confusion and also have included an option to change the 3D “depth” for those using a non 3D TV to avoid a more difficult to see atmosphere.

The “Abstergo Industries” online gameplay is a plus and allows players to share the experience and challenge each other in team, one on one, and free for all matches in online brawls. These matches can be compared to those of the ever-famous Call Of Duty series, with the added touch of assassins. 1UP Games calls Assassin’s Creed “simply groundbreaking”. This game is a must play for history fanatics and fantasy players alike and won’t fall short of giving you a little taste of true history. Assassin’s Creed is rated M for Mature.



Hardcore Hamilton Sarah Aitchison Ignite Entertainment

Stage dives, mosh pits, and total chaos came to Hamilton – British punk band Gallows played downtown at The Underground as part of their North American tour. The Watford, UK punks are known for their aggressive sound, insane crowds, and energy, mainly coming from ginger front man, Frank Carter – but what happens when Carter leaves the band? Canadian post-hardcore champions Alexisonfire also called it quits, and their guitarist, Hamiltonian Wade MacNeil, booked a flight to England to take Carter’s place.

ENTERTAINMENT “I got the call and joined Gallows right away,” said the new front man. “People will still argue, it’s not the same without Frank, but we’ll bring others on board – We’re still going to play the singles because that’s what made Gallows.” MacNeil will be touring with Gallows this month and then begins Alexisonfire’s farewell tour in December. Alexisonfire’s last official show will be at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton. Photo: Sarah Aitchison Gallows’ new vocalist Wade MacNeil. “Hamilton’s my stomping ground, it’s home, and I’m close the doors in a positive way, then go excited to share my new direction, but also out with a bang.”

How I Met Your...Zzzz Steve Spriensma Ignite Entertainment Recently, How I Met Your Mother protagonist Ted broke up with girlfriend Victoria because of Robin, and no, I am not re-watching season one. But first, a minor digression. The reason I like Back to the Future much better than Back to the Future Part II is the amount of comic peril: while the first movie has minor setbacks just before the whole plan succeeds which make the scene more tense, Part II teases the viewer far too much. Marty McFly’s attempts to get back his sports almanac from Biff to prevent Biff from altering the future is minor setback after minor setback until you’re left screaming at Marty to just grab the gosh darned book and run so it can all be over. This is why I’ve come to stop caring about Ted and who he ends up with on the CBS show How I Met Your Mother. Just like both Back to the Future and Part II, the protagonist Ted is faced with an incessant amount obstacles on his way to his goal. For the first few seasons, much like Back to the Future, it was fun and interesting and every time he failed it got us wondering how he would resolve it. Now, the drawn-out plot of HIMYM and all Ted’s setbacks and ‘twists’ has given me the same feeling I had with Part II: just grab the darn almanac (next nice woman you meet)and be done with it, Ted. If only it were as nerve-wracking as Part II.Thought: after eight seasons, it’s just getting boring. It hasn’t always been this way. HIMYM has been going on since 2005, and for most of that time it has been one of the most orig-

inal sitcoms on TV. It’s been clever in ways other shows haven’t been, while at the same time being genuinely sweet. But both those attributes can’t sustain a show forever, and with at least two more seasons left, the writers are going to have to try and stretch that feeling even longer. Blame shouldn’t be cast on the ‘super long story’ narrative device, because that’s all it is: a narrative device. The Office doesn’t suck now because its faux-documentary style is running longer than we’d expect a normal documentary to run. HIMYM is so boring and infuriating because of other plot devices it uses, over and over, time and time again, seemingly without any payoff. The red herrings and ‘winks’ to fans eagerly looking for clues – the yellow umbrella (an umbrella EVERYONE seems to own), the St. Patrick’s Day ‘bump girl’, Barney’s never-seen, college attending half-sister, Victoria times two –are just wearing me down. It’s the TV law of diminishing returns: too many of these knowing elbow jabs will only make the viewer’s ribs sore. And in the scenes surrounding Ted, there’s just nothing going on that isn’t cartoonishly weird. Before it was Barney and Robin hooking up! Now it’s Barney and Robin fall in love for the third time. Slap bets in season two? Hilarious! Marshall channeling Oprah in an attempt to give sage advice? Um, yeah, I guess that’s … pretty funny. Marshall and Lily have problems with debt back in season four? How will they work through that?! Marshall and Lily discover having a baby means seeing your friends less (a couple of episodes ago)? What is this, TLC? For so little reward, it’s just too much. And for a sitcom that’s become as conventional as any other, it’s more than enough to make you sigh, “who cares?”





Art by Tim Drake (left), Anne Markos (centre) and Daniel Cheatley (right).

Noah Salo Ignite Entertainment Your home is not just the place you live. Shannon Kyles, professor of architecture at Mohawk College, says the buildings people live in are works of art. “Architecture is the most accessible of all the art forms. Every day people walk through art. Every day people walk through buildings that someone with talent and with some feeling has produced.” Kyles had this in mind when she launched a contest in which current and former Mohawk students could submit architectural illustrations to appear at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. The best 75 entries are on

Photos: Noah Salo (left and right) and Nomaan Khan (centre)

display from now until February 10th. Tim Drake is a graduate of Mohawk’s Architectural Technology program, and his exquisitely detailed pencil drawing of the Ancaster Spa won best in show. From the intricate Victorian ornaments down to reflections in the windows, each detail is painstakingly illustrated. His art resembles black and white photography from a distance. Drake says the exhibition has given him great publicity. “I’m thrilled to have my artwork in the gallery … [it] has lead to a few commissions and a radio show appearance,” he said. Drake says architectural illustration is a valuable art form that helps designers picture the finished product of a building.

“I think architectural design and visual arts go hand in hand because a two-dimensional floor plan or elevation drawing is nice but people need to see a three-dimensional view showing perspective to get a real understanding of how the structure will look,” he said. Displaying technical architectural illustrations in an art gallery gives people an opportunity to look at their homes in a different light, and Kyles says that is a key to preserving older buildings for future generations. “The more people look at the buildings and their built heritage the less likely they are to buy them and tear them down,” she said.

Hamilton Music Awards coming to Mohawk Kelly Kotulak Ignite Entertainment

Mohawk College is hosting the 2012 Hamilton Music Awards and the Careers In Music conference. Comedian Shelley Marshall and radio personality Alan Cross will be MCs for the award show on November 18th at Mohawk’s McIntyre Theatre. Cross says he’s excited to be a part of the event. “It’s the first time that I’ve done this, I’ve been wanting to do it for awhile but schedules never really synced up till this year,” Cross said. Event organizer Jean-Paul Gauthier announced that ‘70s rock band Crowbar and entertainer Gordie Tapp will both be receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards. Roly Greenway of Crowbar says he’s

oured to receive the award.

“I’d like to thank everybody who was responsible for nominating us for this award. I didn’t think I would ever achieve anything in my life that would get me an award but fortunately I did and I’m certainly grateful for it,” he said. The Careers In Music conference takes place on November 15th and includes a live performance by singer-songwriter Missy Bauman and workshops for aspiring musicians, including interviews with Finger Eleven’s Rich Beddoe and Rob Lanni from Coalition Entertainment. “This years event features probably the best roster that we’ve ever had,” Gauthier said. Mohawk’s Futuready tour is part of the conference. Mohawk College Manager of Special Events Trish Loomis says it’s

Photo: Kelly Kotulak

Tomi Swick and Joel Guenther perform at the HMAs press conference. important to get students involved.

“The Careers In Music conference draws in a lot of high school students and exposes them to different programs that we have in the college,” she said.




Grey Cup tour makes weekend stop in Hamilton

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police present the Grey Cup at Hamilton’s Bayfront Park on Saturday.

Kelly Lishman Ignite Sports The 100th Grey Cup tour is almost finished its trek across Canada, with Hamilton being its third-to-last stop. Crowds gathered around the train, decorated in commemoration of years of great football memories, to watch the unveiling of the Grey Cup at Bayfront Park. Mark Cohon, commissioner of the Canadian Football League, was in attendance to speak of the tour and the memories that it brought. “This is almost an end to an amazing journey…the amazing thing about this journey is not about where it’s been but the people that it’s touched…it’s remarkable,” Cohon spoke to crowds with the Vanier Cup, Grey Cup and the Yates Cup shining brightly beside him. Mayor Bob Bratina was also in attendance to share his own memories about what the Grey Cup being in Hamilton means to him. His uncle played for the Hamilton

Flying Wildcats that won the 1943 Grey Cup. “It’s amazing as we go through the train to see how many real personal attachments there are to the great game of Canadian Football and the Grey Cup and our city,” Bratina told the public before being presented with a football for his dedication to both the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the CFL.

Photo: Kelly Lishman

you see it, there’s so many great names and great memories that you’re brought up with. So when you see it down here in Hamilton it brings a lot of memories back. It’s great to see it back here in Hamilton.” The cup will continue on its journey until it reaches Toronto, where it will be presented to this year’s CFL champion on November 25th.

With the Cup coming to Hamilton, a few of the McMaster Marauders came to view the train, decorated as a historical monument to previous and current players in the CFL. The Marauders got an up-close view of the Grey Cup, something which they strive one day to see their names on and that they were happy to see back in Hamilton. “It’s something else…it’s something you aspire to achieve and to hold up above your head when you’re playing in the minor leagues,” said offensive lineman Jason Medeiros of the Marauders. “When



Men’s varsity volleyball off to strong start


Noah Salo Ignite Sports Mohawk men’s varsity volleyball is off to a strong start this season. The team has brought home silver in two pre-season invitational tournaments and also won their first three regular season games. Coach Matthew Schnarr attributes the team’s success to the combination of excited rookies and skilled returning seniors. “This year we have a lot of new faces, so there’s a lot of energy,” he said. “We have six returning guys and ten rookies. There’s a real fresh attitude in the gym and the locker room right now.” One of those returning seniors is Moe Sulaimen, an excellent offensive player. He says the team’s chemistry gives them success in challenging situations. “[There is] so much fight in us that it has overwhelmed some of our opponents, by coming back to win matches from behind,” he said. Sulaimen says the team’s dedication to off-season and in-season training gives them a competitive edge. Returning senior Kyle Hussey agrees.

Mike Douglas keeps his eye on the ball during practice. “Our team this year has the hardest work ethic collectively that I have ever seen. Every single night we come into the gym, we come to battle,” he said. Mohawk started the season strong with a closely-fought victory over Redeemer College. The team went on to notch impressive victories at St. Clair College and Fanshawe.

Varsity Spotlight: Ashley Cochrane Nadine Nock Ignite Sports Ashley Cochrane has quickly made a home in the sports department at Mohawk College since she came from Fanshawe College. Working part-time as special events residents and communications in the Students Athletic Committee this second year business student is also a varsity athlete on Mohawks Women Golf team. This may be her first year playing with the Mohawk College golfing team, but golf is nothing new to Ashley Cochrane. The Ontario Federation of Athletics Association (OFSAA) champion says she grew up on a golf course and she couldn’t imagine her life without it. “I’ve always been active in sports, I started figure skating when I was younger then

switched to hockey. My dad owned a golf course so it’s the sport I have always been around.” This year the women’s golf team played in two tournaments and placed fourth place in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association. They then moved to nationals where they spent four days in Oshawa.

Photo: Noah Salo

Last year Mohawk won bronze in the provincial championships, but with their strong start and increased dedication to the game they are out for the gold this year. “We’re an exciting team, and I think by February we’ll be a team that [other teams] won’t want to see,” Schnarr said. “The finals were an amazing experience for me, golfing on a private golf course with girls all over Canada is something I may not get to do again.” Though the golfing season is now over, Ashley says committing to the gym during the winter will help her stay fit for next season. “Our team found an indoor golf dome in Hamilton that we are going to try and access.” Ashley said she doesn’t see herself going pro in the future, but she wants to continue with golf for the rest of her life.

Photo: Elia Koolsbergen

“We were gone for most of October, which means I had to make up exams during reading week,” Cochrane said.

“When I’m done with my business school I want to get into event planning. Something like organizing golf tournaments for charities, I’ve already done a charity golf tournament for my Relay for Life team and it’s something I really enjoyed.”

SPORTS Hominick wants another shot at UFC featherweight title



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widely recognized names in all of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The fight brings some history with it, coming six-and-a-half years after Hominick made his UFC debut, once again on the same event as St. Pierre.

Coming off of three consecutive losses, Mark Hominick of Thamesford, Ontario is still confident he will be able to get back to the top level of his sport: competing for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title.

“It’s an honour to be on the card with him. George and I made our pro debuts together and won our Canadian titles together,” Hominick explained. “Especially fighting in Montréal, being on the same card as someone as great as St. Pierre is something special. It’s almost like a feather in your cap to say that you’ve graced the cage with one of the best ever.”

“The main motivation right now is to get back to title contention, I don’t want to be competing unless I am competing against the best; that’s where I’m at now,” Hominick said. “I don’t want to be a journeyman fighter, I want to be a guy who is competing for that belt.” Hominick returns to the UFC on November 17th for their next event, which is being held at the Bell Centre in Montreal. There, he will take to the octagon against Brazilian Pablo Garza, a fighter with a very unique trait. “He is the tallest guy in the division, he poses a lot of threat just with that height,” Hominick said. “He’s been around the


Mark Hominick in happier days game and he’s a talented guy.” The card also features eight Canadian fighters in total, most notably George St. Pierre, the UFC’s welterweight (170 pounds) title holder and one of the most

Hominick has already fought for the UFC in Canada twice and is looking forward to the chance to entertain his supporters on home soil. “There’s a sense of pride, the crowd behind you so there’s a lot of momentum that way. It definitely motivates you to be part of something special… you want to be on the cards that are known for their Canadian talent.”

Silence is key in NHL lockout negotiations Brad Phillips Ignite Sports Commentary

hockey-related revenue. There is a silver lining however. With the growing possibility of losing a second full season in 8 years, both sides agreed to meet at a private location in New York, avoiding any type of media attention.

Approximately a month has passed since the 2012-2013 NHL season was to begin and all hockey fans have heard from National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman, and player’s association leader Don Fehr is rhetoric.

The decision to avoid the media suggests both sides know full well the time for the public relations battles is over, and the time to get a deal done is now.

It has lead to no progress on a new collective bargaining agreement, but that could all change soon. A last-ditch effort to get a full 82-game schedule was abruptly ended in Toronto on October 18th, after Gary Bettman and the NHL owners rejected three offers from the players association in less than 30 minutes. Both sides agreed they needed to step back and figure out their next moves. Last week, representatives from both

Or else time will run out on the 2012-2013 NHL season. sides were not shy about how disappointed they were that negotiations were not developing as fast as they’d like. Some players were going on national television and radio stations letting the public know their concerns over the lack of progress in splitting $3.3 billion of

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International students light up Mohawk Nomaan Khan & Nicole Warrick Ignite News

International Education week kicked off this Monday at Mohawk College. Various events are being held each day in order to educate people on different cultures. The international student ratio is higher than ever, and awareness of their roots is a great way to make students feel at home. Events officer at Mohawk College, Lucy Lobodici, says there are over 60 different cultures participating during International Education week. “It’s a great way for students to have an awareness of all the cultures that are here at the college. We like to celebrate our differences, we like to expose students to cultural food and music,” said Lobodici. Lobidici says the number of International students compared to last year has risen significantly. Mohawk College celebrated Diwali on the second day of International Education Week. Commonly referred to as the festival of lights, Diwali kicked off Tuesday throughout the South Asian world . Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists all celebrate Diwali, which to them is one of the most important days of the year. The festival lasts for five days and marks the end of one year and the starting of another on the Vikrama lunar calendar. Diwali is a nationally celebrated holiday in India that involves the lighting of small clay lamps to symbolize the triumph of good over evil and hopes for a prosperous year. It is equivalent to the Western world’s

Diwali centrepiece at International Education Week. “Christmas” and involves the similar exchanging of gifts as well as spending time with family. The festival also includes wearing new clothes, visiting the temple for religious ceremonies, lots of feasting, enchanting music, and setting off fireworks. Saurabh Sharma, an international student from India, says his experience at the college so far has been enlightening and he is enjoying his time not only at the school but in Canada as well. “It’s very good, I met with different international students, I came to know about their homes and cultures”, said Sharma. “I’m enjoying myself!” Sharma is taking an active role in the events taking place this week, and says that living in Canada is very different from his home country. “In India, there was only theoretical learning, but now I’m learning practical as well”, said Sharma. The cultural events for the day included “Discovering South Asia,” free henna art, and Punjabi dancing. International Education Week takes place at the Square from 9:30-3:00pm every day until Friday.

Photo: Nomaan Khan



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Ignite Newsmagazine, Issue 5  

Issue 5 of Ignite Newsmagazine from the journalism students at Mohawk College

Ignite Newsmagazine, Issue 5  

Issue 5 of Ignite Newsmagazine from the journalism students at Mohawk College