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‘The first time I saw my name in print, I cried.’ Four pages of Sheridan Sun tributes from Print Journalism grads and current students

Love under The Sun From students to partners, these couples found love in the newsroom

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Sheridan Sun print goes dark, online shines on JASMINE ANTHONY After 45 years, over one thousand issues and 10 awards, The Sheridan Sun’s print publication has met its final deadline. The weekly publication, which has not missed a scheduled issue since 1971 when it was first published, was worked on during the school year by students in Sheridan’s Print Journalism program. September 2015 marked the

emergence of a new program merging Print and Broadcast Journalism. Because of the curriculum needed to fit into the merged program, there is not enough time for students to produce a print publication. “We don’t have enough hours in student time tables, naturally, to devote to print as we do in a print-only program,” said Kathy Muldoon, coordinator of the print journalism program and lead pro-

fessor for The Sheridan Sun. The end of the print edition is a milestone for any paper, but Muldoon says that she “thinks that it’s great the Journalism program is going the way of all media for the future.” About her time at the paper, Muldoon has good things to say. “It’s been really rewarding, and I guess thrilling, to create as much of a real-world experience as we can within the

confines of these walls,” she said. “People act as staff members, as staff reporters, and as photographers working to the same deadlines as any weekly newspaper would adhere to.” Her proudest moments, though, are not limited to the walls of S209, the paper’s home base. Instead, she said they “show up in other newsstands when our students go off and get jobs and send me links to

things they’ve written for other publications.” Cheryl Vallender, Journalism professor and incoming program coordinator, has worked on The Sheridan Sun online for five years. Vallender says the focus on the online aspect of The Sheridan Sun will be beneficial to students when they’re looking for a job. READ on page 2


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A fond farewell to the print edition THE SHERIDAN SUN STAFF Perhaps the greatest inspiration for writers is seeing their name in a byline. It gives a feeling of accomplishment, pride and plain old glee. Print editions of our work have managed to satisfy our desire to make our friends and families proud. The not-so discreet act of posting our stories on the refrigerator, eagerly hoping parents and other family members might read our hard work, and believe in our brave journalistic dreams, keep us going each week. Granted their faith may have been a little misplaced when the same story remained posted for multiple weeks. Whether proud of our work or trying to show off, we were inspired to write more by hopeful feedback. Unfortunately, a tablet, or worse, an actual computer, might not be supported by the novelty magnets. The paper itself isn’t ending, which we are thankful for. But the idea of an exclusively online news source has us questioning: will readers stay focused on our work? According to Randy Marsh in the TV series South Park, newspapers have the ability to keep a reader focused because

advertisements aren’t flashing in their faces. And although online news opens up the opportunity for more people to read our stories, it also increases the chances that someone can easily click away and be lost in the “black void” of the Internet. As a team, we bring the paper together each week. Headlines are made witty, word counts are reached, and the inevitable red ink brightens our first drafts.

Whether it took countless sleepless nights, or stressful, long days, stories were published and the feeling of accomplishment swept over the newsroom every week.

The Sheridan Sun simply couldn’t exist without the contribution of everyone in S209. Monday mornings bring 35 students, three time slots, three editors, one dig-

ital content editor and a pile of stories. After about two to three rounds of editing, stories are filed away on the server, awaiting their fate the following day. Tuesday comes and the layout team tackles InDesign. Hours are spent getting the stories and pictures to fit as perfectly as possible on each page. This is also the day that stories are frantically published online as interactive components are successfully embedded. On Wednesdays the students enter the newsroom to search meticulously for errors in the final issue. After scanning the pages posted on the board, the story meeting begins and students pitch their next idea. At 11 a.m. the next day, magic happens, and the paper is distributed around the college campus. Pages are looked over and stories are read, but the students shortly get back to work. Looking back, writing for The Sheridan Sun prepared us for our futures in journalism. Publishing weekly papers gave us an opportunity to experience real-life reporting. As Sunday night fell upon us, we learned the importance of deadlines, along with panic and the rush to finish a story.

Being under pressure to have a story written taught us persistence. Thinking one step ahead and often juggling more than one story at a time was crucial. Whether it took countless sleepless nights, or stressful, long days, stories were published and the feeling of accomplishment swept over the newsroom every week. It’s a feeling that only The Sheridan Sun newspaper could provide. Now, we will do it all over again, only this time, you’ll find us online.

To our many loyal readers, We promise to report on all the issues and events of our college to the best of our ability. The Sun continues to shine brightly across the world wide web with the same quality content we have always strived to produce. @ thesheridansun.ca

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‘Digital offers so much more flexibility,’ Mallett CONTINUED from page 1 “I think that the students will still get the skills that they always have. They’ll still lay out a paper they’ll still get all those skills, they just won’t get it in print. And I think that their online portfolios will be stronger for it.” This sentiment is shared by Nathan Mallett, former Print Journalism program coordinator and managing editor. He says that the change to digital, in general, is going to be good for the

industry. “Digital offers so much more flexibility for reporters. We’re not locked in by the print production schedule, not locked in by having to make everything fit on the page,” he said. “A newspaper has no lasting appeal,” he added. “That lends itself to digital. It’s transient information. As soon as you’ve consumed it, it’s not very useful to you anymore.” Asked if he thinks newspapers will ever make a comeback, Mallett is

doubtful. “I think we’re going to look back at them in 50 years and say “Oh, how quaint. We used to print all of our words on a page and print it off by the tens of thousands,’” he said. He thinks it will turn into an anachronism, “like rotary phones, or sending telegrams to people.” Although there are many positive aspects to the switch to a purely digital platform, there is also a sad side. There are moments that students will not get to experience without a print

publication. “(Students) run over and grab their copy, race through it and find their byline and there’s an immense amount of pride when that happens, especially the first time they do it,” said Mallett. “That big moment when it finally arrives and they get to see their work published in print.” Although the print publication will no longer be available, The Sheridan Sun will still be available online at thesheridansun.ca.


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Former journalist Zabudsky sad to see print’s connection with readers fading away College president Jeff Zabudsky has been a go-to source for many of our hard news stories about Sheridan. So it only makes sense that we would ask our “go-to guy” for a few words about the end of our print edition’s 45-year run.

I’m also a fan of progress and with the business as an industry it has to be sustainable. I hope that the news media more broadly recognizes the importance of media and good quality journalism.

How do you feel about The Sheridan Sun moving online and no longer being in print? I have to say I’m personally sad to see it go. I personally enjoy the good old paper copy as much as I can. I consume a great deal of news online, but I still get the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Sunday New York Times. During my day I will often be looking at news and things that might be interesting in Sheridan for online.

They go away and they remember they forgot something and pursue me again. And what it tells me is they really want to get the story right.

What was your favourite article? I think the ones that were favourites to me, are you know, those student journalists who have been quite persistent with me and ask difficult questions. They go away and they remember they forgot something and pursue me again. And what it tells me is they really want to get the story right. A few of those I can recall, it demonstrated to me a particular commitment on the part of the journalist to get those stories right. Coverage related to some of the incidences related around sexual assault, I thought had some really good journalism. Covering the Town Halls we had, and interviewing students, the coverage was particularly well done. – As told to Brittany Preocanin

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Sheridan’s first fraternity won’t be another Animal House

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In a world where time is money, and it always feels like we’re running low on both, it’s comforting to find a place to stop and take some time for yourself. Thankfully for Sheridan staff and students, we have Touch of Esthetics. Re-opening its doors this week, students will be able to relax with the comforts of massage, facials, mani/ pedis, waxing and even microdermabrasion, at a fraction of the cost of a regular spa. Betty Kocsis, program technician for the Esthetician Program for 17 years, said that microdermabrasion would cost “$125 and over in the industry.” Touch of Esthetics charges only $45. All profits earned by Touch of Esthetics are distributed back into Sheridan, where the college sees fit. The clinic is a student-run facility, supervised by Kocsis. Firstyear students work on manicures and pedicures when they begin and second-year students work on other treatments, such as microdermabrasion. Open to students, faculty and people within the community, as well as offering gift certificates, Touch of Esthetics is the perfect place to take a friend or loved one as a treat during the upcoming holiday season. “If you don’t know what to give someone, everybody likes to receive gift certificates and I think everybody likes to be pampered,” said Kocsis. “We live in a very stressful society,” said Kocsis, “which is a reason people like to have the massage or facial, and all the other services, to de-stress themselves” When asked about Touch of Esthetics, Melissa Gilmour, a first-year General Business student, said, “I didn’t know about it before, but now that I know it’s opening, I’ll always go there.” The clinic is open every Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in room C215. To book an appointment with Touch of Esthetics, call Betty Kocsis at 905-845-9430 ext. 2791.

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Sigma Nu Theta what now? Sheridan students are trying to establish a Sheridan College mixed-sex fraternity that they hope will guide fellow students through the trials and tribulations of the college experience. The founding fathers of the fraternity, if it proves to be successful, will be Angelo Esguerra, Marco Pelayo and Mike Tkautz – third year students at Sheridan College who have done extensive work in the Student Union over the past few years.

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“The fraternity will help to give students a sense of direction. ”

Tkautz, Advertising student and Student Union Director of Promotions, says the fraternity will set new standards, as it will become the first student driven networking society within a Canadian college. “We want to give back to the students, to the community and to the college. We figure that it will help Sheridan College in both a student life aspect and in the realm of post secondary schools as well,” said Tkautz. “The fraternity will help to give students a sense of direction. If they ever need any help through peer mentoring, leadership or help getting around within the college then we can direct them in the right way,” he added. The students taking the initiative to start up the society stood before Student Union representatives Crystal Bennett, Rob Till and Shannon Willis to discuss details and logistics involved in starting up the fraternity. Continued on Page 2

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Three dimensions of the YouTube sensation and teen heartthrob

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Sheridan students up to the challenge

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Sheridan students proved they have marketable skills last weekend. Of 26 participating colleges, Sheridan was one of the six finalists at the sixth annual Vanier College BDC Marketing Case Challenge held last weekend in Montreal. Three students from each college participated in the event which involved presenting students with a case, giving them three hours to prepare a PowerPoint presentation, giving them 20 minutes to present and five minutes to answer questions. Representing Sheridan were Aashish Nathawani and Jacci Vandergoot, advertising students in semester four, and Stephanie Smith, a co-op marketing student about to enter semester four. “It’s a real mark of honour and we had a team that really represented Sheridan well,” said David Nowell, a marketing professor and the team’s coach. All of the students were part of the Ontario College Marketing Competition that was held in the fall, explained Nowell. “It’s a great experience for the students,” he said. “If you take anything out then it’s probably more important that the student have that experience [than win].” Smith agrees that the experience was a good one. Continued on page 4

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and Sheridan president Jeff Zabudsky share some cake at the mayor’s 90th birthday party.

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Sheridan students presented Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion at her 90th birthday party last Saturday with a gift that will last a lifetime. College president Jeff Zabudsky announced at the Mississauga Convention Centre that the new business campus, which opens in September, will be called the Hazel McCallion Campus. “The night was a magnificent success with wonderful support,”

said Zabudsky. “Many people worked very hard to make this happen.” One of the sponsors for the event donated a table to the Sheridan Student Union. “For the other students, those who had contributed positively to the Sheridan community in some way, were asked if they would like to attend,” said William Holmes, dean of the Faculty of Business. “The mayor enjoyed the night thoroughly and made her way around to most of the guests,” said Zabudsky. The students who attended were lucky enough to have their seats paid

for, as a ticket to this event was $350. The money for these and other seats at the party will help fund the new Mississauga campus. “These seats were paid for by organizations and individuals supporting the event who also wanted to provide students with the opportunity to attend,” said Holmes. According to a press release, the celebration attracted 1,000 guests and featured tributes from dignitaries and celebrities including Premier Dalton McGuinty and via video, Regis Philbin and Rick Mercer.

According to Holmes, students are reacting positively to all that the new campus has to offer. “Applications and enrollments have increased significantly.” “The new campus provides us with the opportunity to be more flexible and to meet the needs of a much broader diversity of students. “Hybrid courses, day and evening scheduling, increased capabilities of classroom technologies all contribute to a richer educational experience and facilitate greater levels of student engagement.”

Student surveys drive improvements to college programs

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Sheridan College is asking students to fill out a survey that will tell the school what programs it needs to improve. The Key Performance Indicators (KPI) surveys, a Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities initiative, are a tool used

by the government to improve the quality of colleges and strengthen their government funding accountability. The section filled out by students is only one part of the survey, as it also provides information about graduate and employer satisfaction, as well as graduate employment.

Although the deadline to fill out the survey was initially Feb. 11, it has been extended to Feb. 18. “Key performance indicators help colleges implement improvement strategies, and provide prospective and current students with information to make informed career decisions,” said Tanya Blazina,

spokesperson for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. “A portion of their funding is tied to the results of the KPI.” While the student portion of the KPIs is not tied to the funding, it is still important to Sheridan College. Continued of page 4

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Jeff’s pumped to walk the walk Men are taking part in Hope in High Heels on Sept. 28, walking in women’s shoes to help put an end to violence against women BY JEANYLYN LOPEZ

Name: Jeff Zabudsky Age: 50 Hometown: Oakville Occupation: President of Sheridan College

Why do you participate in Hope in High Heels? In my home, I’m surrounded by women, with my wife and three young daughters. I hope that they will never find themselves in the situation where they’ll be confronted by violence from a man. I hope that our society will evolve and develop to a point where that doesn’t happen anymore.

How does it feel walking in high heels? For the first time, I walked for Hope in High Heels last year. I have to admit I never had an occasion where I had to wear high heels before, even in a fun way, and I was shocked at how hard it was. Not so much on my feet, but my calves. I couldn’t get over how pained my muscles were at the end of the walk. I survived it, but I have a newfound respect for women who know how to walk in these things.

I want to stand up as the leader of Sheridan to say that the organization won’t put up with this, and this behaviour is not acceptable. There are repercussions for women in a real way and they often need a place where they can go to be protected, often with their kids.

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I just would invite anyone who has some time next Sunday to drop by and cheer us on, or register and put on a pair of high heels and march down. The more people who are associated with the Sheridan family there, the better.

How would you describe your style? The hot pink high heels go against my own personal fashion style. I tend to be pretty conservative, wearing a suit every day.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

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I take my inspiration from the standard fashion sense of conservative, stuffy college and university presidents. I like to stand out as a college president in other ways. I’ve been known to sing at various events, I’ll often take risks and do things, but with my fashion sense, not so much.

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Do you have a fashion philosophy? In my role as president I have to be ready for every potential surprise that I might encounter in the course of the day. I tend to be pretty conservative in my dress because I never know what I’m going to confront. I might be confronting a minister or international guests who have expectations that presidents have a certain demeanour. It’s better safe than sorry.

Sheridan President Jeff Zabudsky (left) speaks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the site of the new Sheridan campus in Mississauga. See story on page 3.

Montreal victims honoured College marks grim anniversary with sombre ceremony

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Dave Mcaskile Sheridan newS Sheridan marked the 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre on Monday with afternoon ceremonies on all three campuses. The events commemorated the infamous Dec. 6, 1989 murder of 14 women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique by Marc Lépin.

Sheridan’s ceremonies were part of the wider National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. More than 100 people attended the Trafalgar Campus ceremony, which was presided over by Mary Preece, senior vicepresident, academic and research. “Today is an opportunity for Sheridan to reflect on why this keeps happening,” said Preece. She added that this day was not merely for remembering those 14 victims, but for those who continue to be victimized. “Beyond commemorating the loss of 14 young female

lives in 1989, this day is our time to focus on the continuing phenomenon of violence against women in our society,” she said. “We think especially of all women and children who live daily with the threat of violence, or who have died as a result of deliberate acts of violence. It is a chance for us to reflect on the concrete steps that we might take in our daily interactions to prevent all forms of violence against women.” Staff and students with Sheridan’s Counselling Services also participated. continueD on Page 2

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Zabudsky covers through the years, clockwise from top: the president laces up to run in breast cancer charity race, Sept. 23, 2010; naming of HMC, Feb. 17, 2011; Hope in High Heels fashion page, Sept. 25, 2014; former PM Stephen Harper tours site of new Mississauga campus, Dec. 9, 2010.

The Sheridan Sun is published weekly throughout the school year by students in the Sheridan Journalism Program. The Sun is a member of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA). The Sun welcomes the submission of articles, pictures, and letters to the editor particularly those expressing opinions that differ from those on these pages. Articles and letters should be no more than 250 words. For advertising rates, contact: Kathy Muldoon, (905) 845-9430 ext. 2403, kathy.muldoon@sheridanc.on.ca Rate cards available.

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As a journalist how do you feel about it? I will comment from the standpoint of someone who has been close to the news in my career as a journalist. I feel bad for those papers that around North America are losing the print editions. They will lose an audience who still doesn’t use the digital environment and I feel there is a loss. There is a lot to be gained by moving to a digital environment, but there are people who will be left behind. Anytime people lose a connection to news and what’s going on in the world behind them, I think society is diminished and we are leaving some people behind. Something about the paper, for me on a Saturday or Sunday morning, is that I make sure I read it completely. With digital it’s almost intangible. You get distracted and get called away and coming back you click into something else. The Sunday New York Times I get delivered with my Globe and Mail subscription and there’s something about it that makes me finish it every week, even though it sometimes takes a week to finish. I can guarantee that it’s read cover to cover. My own experience with the digital environment is it’s easier to gloss over and jump from one thing to another. The linear nature of a newspaper copy allows me to be disciplined to finish it.

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The Sheridan Sun would like to thank the following, in no particular order, for their help: Financial Services’ Ceinwen MacBride, who sent out invoices for ads each month even when critical info was missing; the great printing folks at Master Web Inc. in Mississauga who kept a close eye on our bleeds and skews; Dawn Douglas in the Trafalgar Campus mailroom who sent out hard copies via snail mail for decades; our eagle-eyed friends in the Sheridan Library who diligently made sure every single paper since Day 1 was catalogued and bound in volumes; ad agencies FreeMedia and Campus Network; our Second Cup baristas next door – Shirley, Ewa, Shaila and Emily; our fearless newsroom Mac Techs over the years including Graham Gentleman, Rick Ruse and Jeremy Fernie; retired shipping and receiving veteran Bill Tkach who tended our bundles of papers every Thursday at 10 a.m.; the platoons of IT staff who have nursed printers E1 and E2 back to life countless times; Health Centre staff Laurie Ritchie and Tracy O’Donnell; Student Services’ Marissa Amoroso; very patient college president Jeff Zabudsky and director of emergency preparedness and security Michael Burjaw; Grenville printing; media relations’ Susan Atkinson; corporate communications’ Christine Szustaczek; the Sheridan Insider; Jennifer Clarke and the entire alumni relations team; budget wiz Leslie McGale; Sheridan Bruins basketball coach, athletic director and quote machine Jim Flack; Bruins marketing and information coordinator and photographer extraordinaire Ryan Kelly; mascot Bruno and the huge wooden bear in the Athletic Centre who have posed for so many great photos; Athletic Therapy professor Paul Brisebois; and last but certainly not least the many professors and instructors who have edited, inspired and shepherded the paper behind the scenes in S209: Denni Freedman, Andrew Mitrovica, Nathan Mallett, Cheryl Vallender, Alison Dunn, Leslie Butler, Eva MacNeil, Meredith MacLeod, Kevin MacLean, Joyce Wayne, Mary Lynn O’Shea, Sal Bommarito and Louie Rosella. And finally the thousands of budding journalists who have smudged their fingers on these pages while gazing at their first bylines. In the New Year, find us at www.thesheridansun.ca

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Is parking on campus a problem for you? Check out these solutions.

Don’t let parking on campus become a pain in your wallet R Melissa Pinsonneault

Welcome to the first installment of the Sheridan Sun’s Sort of Solutions (SOS) column. Our goal is to help students and other members of the Sheridan community with problems they may have and aren’t sure how to fix. Whether it’s classroom problems, the Tim Hortons line-up or finding your way around Sheridan, we can help! This week’s problem in need of a Sort Of Solution: parking. Parking on campus can be a pain and at over $150 per semester it isn’t cheap either! There are a few ways you can ease your parking pain.

Kurt Latanville, a Sheridan Illustration student, is bearing up well as he snuggles under ‘Grizzly’ at the Metro Toronto Zoo, during an all-day outing organized for students living in Trafalgar and Davis residences. For more pictures, see page 7.

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R Park on campus after 4 p.m. – it’s free R Ask a lot attendant where to park – they can radio each other and let you know which lot has room available R Park on side streets – but not for more than three hours and make sure to read street signs carefully so you don’t get a ticket R Arrive on campus early to make sure you can grab a spot R Find alternative parking – the two churches across the street from the Trafalgar campus offer parking for less than Sheridan charges R Take public transit

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R Park illegally or you may get a warning or a fine – even if you pay for parking R Park in staff lots unless you are a staff member R Speed through the parking lots or try to race cars for the closer spot R Follow people to their cars R Park in strip malls or in front of businesses – they may have your car towed The parking lots always seem more congested at the beginning of each semester but they tend to thin out as the semester progresses. Remember to stay patient - a closer spot isn’t worth risking an accident. Happy Parking! Looking for a Sort Of Solution? E-mail your problem to sheridan.sun@sheridanc.on.ca (Be sure to type SOS as your subject line!)

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New marketing director to create fresh face for college

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Students from the Davis Community Outreach Program, set up a tent during the recent cold snap to raise money and bring awareness for the Choices Youth Shelter. The Shelter, located in Orangeville, provides a warm and safe place for youth ages 16 to 24 who need emergency housing. Support staff at the Shelter provide immediate support and respect, dinner, breakfast, and bag lunch. Sheridan students participating included (from left) Aubrey Troupe, Mary Stopay-Pinkey, Elizabeth Monaghan, Candace Masters and Lorraine Larsen. FOR MORE PICTURES OF DAVIS CHARITY EVENTS, SEE PAGE 8.

Dropouts drag enrolment down •GEMMA GRAHAM OAKVILLE/BRAMPTON: Sheridan’s enrolment is down slightly this year and it’s due to students not returning to complete their second and third years. Sheridan’s full time enrolment dropped slightly this year, by half a percent, compared to last year’s enrolment. “It was a retention factor with our enrolment,” said Robert

Turner, President of Sheridan College. “We just about hit our goal for new student enrolment.” However, according to Turner, Sheridan still has the highest retention factor of Ontario English speaking colleges. Over the last three years, Sheridan has grown by 19.3 percent. This growth increased government funding. Under the college funding formula, the college that grows the most receives the most.

Two ceremonies at Sheridan will mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women •LINDSAY CODY OAKVILLE/BRAMPTON: Ceremonies will be held at both Davis and Trafalgar campus to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6. All members of the Sheridan community are invited to join President Robert Turner, graduate Suzanne Demars and student leaders for the commemorative ceremonies. The event has been organized by Peer Mentors from the Counselling department and will take place at 10 am in the Davis lower foyer and 12:30 pm in the SCAET lobby at the Trafalgar Campus.

“ I doubt we will lose any of our government funding if all of the college system is down,” said Turner. “We should know this month.” The college still doesn’t know the main reasons for flat enrolment. Some areas being looked at are fees, competition with university, student satisfaction and space constraints.

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We get $16 million to build at Davis Campus

Intent to raise $1 million

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OAKVILLE/BRAMPTON: Sheridan has a new marketing director who hopes to create a new face for Sheridan to appeal to current and potential students. “I think over the years Sheridan has been on a marketing hiatus,” said Tom Poldre, Marketing and Communications Director. “Through a series of activities and material we are making people aware that Sheridan is a great institute.” In spring 2004 students in focus groups were asked what they wanted to see in Sheridan promotional material. According to Poldre, students wanted clean and relevant material that provided lots of information. A new Sheridan calendar was created, which can be found throughout the school, called I choose Sheridan . “The calendars are the set template; they’re more appropriate to the age group we’re targeting,” said Poldre. “We want our material to be student-centric; we want it to reflect what it’s like to be a student at Sheridan.” Sheridan has also been increasing its marketing in its backyard marketplace which is Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga. Mail-outs were sent to homes where Sheridan students have come from and ads were taken out in newspapers to promote January enrolment and Sheridan’s Open House that was held on Nov. 20. According to Poldre, for the first time ever, Sheridan placed an ad in an ethnic newspaper, the Nagara weekly. Another initiative of the new marketing strategy is re-vamping the current Sheridan website. The improved version of the site will be unveiled this week (Dec.2). “The site will be more user-friendly and easier to navigate,” said Poldre. “We found that the website is an important source of information for existing and potential students. So it’s important it’s as accessible as possible.” All these steps are just the beginning to recreating a new face for Sheridan among students and industry. The new market strategy will be ready for the next fiscal year for recruitment purposes.

OTTAWA: Exactly one month after the tsunami tragedy in southeast Asia and eastern Africa, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is teaming up with other student groups to support international agencies currently involved in humanitarian aid and reconstruction. The goal of the National Student Tsunami Relief Campaign is to raise SUNAMI ELIEF $1 million in support of the agencies involved in the aid and reconstruction in the affected regions. In partnership with student groups from across the country, students will be encouraged to join the campaign through www.mealexchange.com/tsunami or www.casa.ca The campaign is a partnership between several student organizations. Member groups include the Canadian Alliance of Student Association, Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, Meal Exchange and The Student Volunteer Program. The Sheridan Student Union is not yet involved in the relief campaign. Through these websites, students will be able to make donations, as well as invite friends and family members to do the same. Through the web site, donations can be made to CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, War Child Canada and the United Nations World Food Program. “Since the occurrence of the disaster, we have seen an astounding global response to the needs of those affected by this tragedy,” said James Kusie, National Director of CASA. “Canadians have a predisposition for empathy and have responded in kind; students are proud to be part of this effort.” The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is a not-for-profit national student organization celebrating its 10th anniversary as a successful lobby group. CASA represents nearly 300,000 post-secondary students from across the country.

Several factors “I don’t think there will just be one factor involved. I think there will be several,” said Turner. “We have been holding forums, focus groups and have set up committees to find out why are enrolment was down.” Sheridan also has an advisory committee to look at improving existing programs and building new programs. According to Turner, five new programs will be created for September 2005. Marketing Sheridan to existing and potential students has also changed this year. A new marketing and communications director, Tom Poldre, was hired in August to increase and develop different ways to showcase Sheridan.

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Sheridan President Robert Turner reads to Montessori Preschool children.

President turns the page on reading • DAMIEN WOOD OAKVILLE: The children of Montessori Preschool were hanging on Robert Turner’s every word as the President of Sheridan College read to them in celebration of Family Literacy Day (Thursday, Jan. 27). Family Literacy Day, existing since 1999 but being celebrated at Montessori for the first time this year, strives to make children aware of the importance of learning and reading as they progress in life. Along with faculty and parents, the children are also involved in this initiative, creating posters for the event as well as participating in other activities. “We want to celebrate reading

and the joy that a good book can bring,” Montessori supervisor Sue Middleton-Norwood said of the event and everyone’s efforts. “Family Literacy Day is about making children lifelong learners, and allowing them to enjoy a skill that they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives.” Turner’s reading to the children was the capper on the day, as they crowded around while he took them through the book Duck on a Bike by David Shannon with warmth and humour. “For them [the children], this day is about literature and wanting to engage them in reading,” Turner said. “For me, it’s just fun.”

President Turner’s reading was the fourth and last in a series of guest readings, two by parents and a third by Diane Murphy, Coordinator for Montessori Teaching and Training. The staff at Montessori feels that these guest readings are one of the more important aspects of the celebration. “The children really responded to someone other than the usual faculty reading to them,” Middleton-Norwood said. “It was really powerful.” All at Montessori Preschool enjoyed their first celebration of Family Literacy Day, and hope to continue doing so in the years to come.

...while these fresh faces were winners in provincial marketing competition

January enrolment boosts numbers to more than 11,000

The Sheridan School of Business Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition 2004 team, from left, back row, Vincent Gingras, Roberto Sarjoo and Trelyn Ramenaden. Middle row, Marsha Pietersen, Jennifer Poper, Michelle Cinapri, Laura Bolta, Aaron Byrne, Amy Massa, Heather Sturgeon, Amanda Watson, Shahnaz Mawji and Lisa Marion. Front Row, Camilla Kuca and Stephanie Kaarsemaker. FOR MORE ON THE OCMC GOLD MEDAL RESULTS TURN TO PAGE 4.

OAKVILLE/BRAMPTON: With January enrolment finalized, Sheridan’s full-time student population is now 11,410. January registration was more than expected, helping to eliminate the shortfall in returning students last fall. The school has beaten its day 10 projections for enrolment for the January start. Ian Marley, Vice President of Student Services and Information Tech-

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nology, has described Sheridan as “thriving.” “Sheridan’s received almost a hundred more new students than first projected,” explained Marley. “We expected about 1250 new students but received 1331 new students instead; I am not surprised, our school is growing every day.” Sheridan is creating new facilities at Davis Campus to handle expected student growth over the next few years.

•MAYSSAA KITMITTO OAKVILLE/BRAMPTON: The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) will direct $16 million to Sheridan over the course of 12 years so the college can “capitalize” on the lease arrangements at the Skllls Training Centre (STC) on Iroquois Shores Road, and begin to make payments toward owning a new facility. Sheridan will also contribute $2 million to the expansion, according to Sheridan College president Robert Turner. Peel region is the fastest growing community in Ontario and Turner believes that Sheridan should accommodate the growth by continuing to increase the capacity of the college system, which will provide better service and better accessibility for the students. “We are full at the Davis Campus,” said Turner, noting that the campus is at a 95 percent utilization rate.

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Enjoy this ‘Talent’ for fund raising •SPECIAL TO THE SUN BRAMPTON: Members of the Davis Business Council are displaying their special talents by organizing three fund raising events this month, including the second annual Talent Night, to be held February 10, from 7 pm until midnight in the Rec Room. The other two events are a Valentine’s Goodie Sale to raise money for the children’s Make A Wish fund, and a Dodgeball Tournament, held Feb. 2 in the athletic centre. Talent Night will include students and teachers presenting musical acts, martial arts, spoken word presentations and hip hop displays from 7 to 9 pm, followed by air bands and DJ music from 9 pm until midnight. Anyone interested in participating can obtain more information in the Business program office in room B 305. Tickets are $3 in advance, or $5 at the door, with funds going to help provide tsunami relief and to support a bursary for a first year student in need. Valentine’s sales will be held in the concourse and Student Centre during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, February 14. The Davis Campus Business Council is one of two councils supported by the School of Business, each having student representation from each year and each program. The councils meet regularly to discuss student non-academic concerns and to plan activities to encourage student involvement at both Davis and Trafalgar Campuses. More information about the special events and the Davis Business Council is available by calling John MacCrae, at extension 5092.

MORE ABOUT CAMPUS FUND RAISING EVENTS, PAGE 3

City help RYAN KELLY

Even the fans had their game face on, for the Sheridan Bruins’ playoff game against Durham Lords. Game story, page 18.

Former president moves to Ryerson •MATT SAVELLI OSHAWA: Former Sheridan President Sheldon Levy, currently the vice president of finance and strategy at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), will take on the role of the President of Ryerson University on August 1, 2005. “I’m excited about going, and am looking forward to the challenge. I have a lot of experience in post secondary,” says Levy. Levy began his career at York University in 1973 as a mathematics and computer science lecturer, and he says that it is the people he’s had the opportunity to work with that have kept his professional life interesting. “It didn’t matter which university or college I was at. It was always a chance to work with students and faculty, students in particular,” Levy says.

‘My time at Sheridan was about as good as it can get for me. The students and the faculty cannot get better; you simply can’t’ On February 9, 2005, former Ontario Premier Bob Rae released his report to the McGuinty Liberal government proposing changes that need to be made to Ontario’s post secondary education regarding tuition costs and their subsequent government control. Levy, an advocate for student rights and freedoms, sees the report as both a positive, and necessary measure in the educational system. “I absolutely agree with Mr. Rae,” Levy says. “What he

said was that two things must happen. One of them was that governments must improve the funding to universities and colleges, and, number two, that the financial aid system, in particular with bursaries and loans be improved. Not until these changes are made should the tuition fees increase one nickel.” Levy also calls for more support from OSAP for students, especially those living in a lower-middle class income bracket. “OSAP has not changed in any fundamental way in the support of students for over a decade,” Levy said. “For middle class families, in particular lower-middle class, OSAP’s response is often times zero. There has to be a re-introduction of bursaries and a broader range of loans, regarding OSAP, for many different people.” Levy also remembered his time at Sheridan and looked back on it fondly. “My time at Sheridan was about as good as it can get for me. The students and the faculty cannot get better; you simply can’t,” said Levy. One of his best memories of Sheridan, Levy says, was when the provincial government implemented the Ontario Student Opportunity trust fund that would double the amount of bursaries. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni support came through to raise more than 15 million dollars for the cause. “Sheridan, now, has more endowments than any other college and that was because this community was so proud of its college that it wanted, for generations, its success. The pride people had for the institution was one thing I’ll always remember.”

Although Turner is pleased with the $16 million the college will be receiving, he is not going to stop there. He is going to continue to petition the city of Brampton for an additional contribution. Also, the college will be in “campaign mode” by the fall of 2005, with a campaign to raise an additional $2 million. Sheridan submitted its proposal to capitalize the STC lease in December 2004, based on a number of considerations:

1) To ensure that all Sheridan students have the benefit of attending a full service campus with student services, library, recreational and social activities, cafeteria, residence and other services 2) The Board-approved Davis Plan from 2001 confirmed Sheridan’s intention to bring together three high-profile program clusters at the Davis Campus including: The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies and related programs, Health and Justice 3) Rather than continuing significant yearly lease costs, it was determined that a better investment would be to build a structure on the Davis Campus. 4) The Ministry has clearly signaled that it is getting out of the business of large leases for colleges. As the last large lease in the system, Sheridan chose to negotiate now as opposed to waiting for the possibility of MTCU discontinuing the funding of the STC lease in June, 2007 The educational and space planning for the Davis Building Program, Phase II, will begin immediately.

Complete in 2007 It is expected that a $23 million addition (approximately $18.5 miillion plus interest charges) will be completed for September, 2007. This is over and above the current $15 million construction program that is now taking place at Davis. The Davis expansion follows two major expansion projects at Trafalgar over the past few years, including the Sheridan Centre for Animation and Emerging Technology (SCAET) Centre, and the adjacent Levy Building.


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Heavily armed tactical officers head toward Sheridan’s Trafalgar Campus A Wing on Friday afternoon to join in the search for a suspected gunman.

False alarm gives Sheridan a real scare Von Jeppesen and Adam Holmes News

In a scene that is becoming all too common on campuses across North America, Sheridan College experienced its first emergency lockdown on Friday. The lockdown took effect just after 2 p.m. At approximately 2:15 p.m., Sheridan’s security service notified Halton Regional Police Services that a white male wearing a camouflage jacket had been seen walking around the campus with what appeared to be a long-barrelled gun. “A professor and his students saw a person walk by with a long tubular object [that] they were concerned might be a gun,” said Sheridan president, Dr. Robert Turner. “So, in accordance with our procedure, they contacted security, who immediately contacted the police. They were on scene shortly thereafter,” said Turner.

The Trafalgar Campus was first notified of the lockdown by a broadcast over the school’s PA system, as well as a posting on Sheridan’s website. Students who weren’t in a classroom at the time of the announcement found themselves scrambling for a safe place to hide, taking no chances that it was a false alarm. “We were walking in the basement of SCAET and we heard the announcement,” said Sheridan student Christina Costa. Costa’s friend, Jen McBride continued, “It just said that there was a lockdown and for everybody to go to their classrooms, and lock the doors. And, of course, every door down there has key passes and you can’t get into any of them.” All the doors were locked and the washroom doors wouldn’t lock. So we ran outside,” she added. Continued on page 2

Turner holds public lockdown forums Stacey Escott News

Sheridan president Dr. Robert Turner led meetings on Monday to discuss last Friday’s lockdown. The gatherings were packed with students, faculty and concerned parents. The forums let the Sheridan community raise questions and concerns regarding the emergency. “Every time there is an incident at another institution or at Sheridan that’s related, we debrief, we learn, we re-visit our emergency preparedness program,” said Turner. Turner began by saying the press could record the forum up until a certain point, and then he requested that all recording devices were turned off so that people could speak freely, say what they need to say and talk about their experiences. He proceeded to give a detailed chronology of the events that took place just after 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Throughout the forum, Turner stressed that it was up to him and security to decide what to do in the first three minutes before the police completely took over and were in full control. Turner confirmed that police are looking for a person of interest related to the event.

Jimmy Toplak Dr. Robert Turner responds to questions at the open forum held in the Sheridan residence. For full color photos of the lockdown, see page 8. There was a person the police were interested in. However, the one teacher and eight students who had seen him initially were all brought

into the library to identify the individual police took into custody. They were able to rule him out as the person they thought may have

had a weapon. “We have cameras all over this campus, [we were looking] at two different views of the person that they were looking for. He had a camouflage jacket and detailing, and something that was tubular [that] looked like a gun,” Turner said. Turner also said that there were between 20 and 30 police officers studying video footage, using both freeze frame and blow up techniques but could not rule out that it wasn’t a gun. After at least an hour of deliberation between the chief of tactical and the chief inspector, it was determined that the individual in question was not carrying a gun. The second half of the forum was open to questions and opinions. Some praised the lockdown. Some expressed their concerns that they didn’t feel safe. Turner said numerous times that the college is working together with the police to investigate further. They will have a new assessment of Sheridan’s Emergency Preparedness Plan ready by the end of February. “We are the most prepared college in the system, but we really do need that feedback,” Tuner said. “We have so much we are going to learn from this incident.”

Police sweep Sheridan’s Trafalgar Campus looking for gunman Continued From Page 1 Minutes after the call was made, Halton tactical response swarmed the campus, blocking off all entrances and leaving students and parents on the outside wondering what was going on. Students and staff, who were trapped inside the building, at first thought it was a joke. But as the minutes, then hours passed, they quickly realized it was no drill. Officers, meanwhile, made their way from floor to floor, classroom to classroom, methodically searching for the suspect. Jim Coliopoules was outside when Halton Police first arrived on scene. “A bunch of cops just showed up and I heard a cop [on the] radio say, make sure you bring a shotgun...” Sheridan student Evan Gervais was one of the thousands of students trapped inside the school. “We were just in class and we heard the announcement go off saying there was a lockdown and it’s not a drill. So everyone just turned off the lights, shut their laptops, [and] went up against the wall. Some were underneath desks and then we just had to wait. Then, after waiting, the [tactical] team came in, barged in, checked the room and made sure no one was in there that was not supposed to be there, and then we just waited for the police to escort us out.” Gervais said that students trapped inside his classroom remained calm and showed no signs of panic. The two roadways leading into the campus were a sea of police and ambulance vehicles, as up to three different police services were on scene for the manhunt. Tactical officers from both Hamilton and Peel were on hand to provide additional resources to assist in the search. “We acted on [the information] and began our response, which is typically to deploy our tactical units and begin clearing floors to ensure the safety of the students,” said Halton Police Insp. Jackie Gordon, who was on the scene.

Halton tactical officers storm the Trafalgar Campus Von Jeppesen Gordon said the search focused on the Gordon commended college officials for campus library, the SCAET Wing and residence. their co-operation and efficiency during the Video surveillance originally showed someone lockdown. “It [was] a lot easier for us to do our entering through the doors providing access to job in terms of clearing the building.” residence. As a precaution, officers searched the As students exited the building, arrangeentire perimeter of the campus. ments had already been made with the Town of A male matching the description of the Oakville for transportation to town hall to allow person on the video was detained by police, but worried friends and parents to pick up students. was later released after questioning. Oakville Transit also provided buses to keep “There was a student that was detained… students out of the cold. Similar plans were made but that party was cleared shortly after that inves- with the on-campus daycare staff. “Due to the amount of traffic currently here tigation was concluded,” said Gordon. At about 5 p.m., police determined that the on site, we arranged for the parents to come and threat had in fact been a false alarm and lifted pick their children up at the day-care centre for 6 p.m.,” said Gordon. the lockdown. On a day when typically 9,000 students and “It looks very similar to a tripod, however, difficult to make the call at the time, obviously 1,300 faculty are at the college, there was no time erring on the side of caution, as Dr. Turner said, for second-guessing. Some students, frustrated we all use due diligence in making sure the safety after being stuck locked down, vented about the of students was the most paramount thing today,” false alarm while exiting. However, after an early morning shooting at the Louisiana Technical said Gordon. The lifting of the lockdown created a mass College on the same day, where a nursing student exodus of students and staff, as officers cleared shot two classmates before turning the gun on herself, the college’s response was appropriate. classrooms and escorted them out.

Procedures work: Turner

Not all students took the lockdown seriously Many angered by few who thought emergency was joke

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Sheridan’s president and local police are praising students, faculty and staff for their actions during the Feb. 8 lockdown. The lockdown procedure, which had been rehearsed on campus last fall, was put into action when a man carrying what was suspected as being a gun was spotted walking through campus. “We have a lockdown procedure in these dangerous times and we deployed it today and it worked,” said Dr. Robert Turner, president of Sheridan College, following last Friday’s lockdown. The lockdown procedure is intended to minimize the loss of life and/or injury to students and staff prior to the arrival of emergency services personnel, according to Sheridan’s Emergency Preparedness/ Lockdown Planning and Procedures. “When the school goes into lockdown, the students are asked to remain in their classroom and they are to remain there until the police tell them that it’s safe to leave the school,” said Sgt. Brian Carr of the Halton Regional Police. The theory behind a lockdown procedure is to create as many mental and physical barriers for a gunman as possible, states the policy. “The school did an excellent job in locking down their students, which made it a lot easier for us to do our job in terms of clearing the building,” said Inspector Jackie Gordon, of the Halton Regional Police. Sheridan’s president, who was actively involved in the organization of the lockdown, echoed Gordon’s comments. “The lockdown, as far as I understand, went very well. We’ve been taking great care to ensure that we were ready for any kind of an incident like this. So obviously I’m happy that the end result was that nobody has been hurt,” said Turner. Sgt. Carr, who was involved in the September lockdown drills, was also pleased with the actions of Sheridan students, faculty and staff. “[They were] excellent. This drill is something that we practice. I happened to practice it with them about four months ago and they are very educated in this and they realize when that (the public address system) goes off that we mean business and it’s very well adhered to,” Carr told The Sheridan Sun. Though the lockdown turned out to be a false alarm, President Turner suggested that much can be learned from the events. “We’re going to get better at this as we learn from instances in other places and then checking and reviewing our processes which we do on a very periodic basis,” he said.

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Reid Heikamp Sheridan Students pour from the SCAET building last Friday after being locked down for nearly three hours. The school was closed for the remainder of the day while police finished a search of the building. President Turner will be spending the coming weeks assessing how the lockdown unfolded and how the school can tighten its procedures. See more pictures of the lockdown on page 8.

Some students at Sheridan College’s Trafalgar Campus didn’t take Friday afternoon’s lockdown very seriously. While many students were trying to barricade doors and hide under desks, some were standing back laughing. “Some students took the lockdown as a complete joke, mocking all of us who were scared,” said Jacqueline Raver, a student in the Advertising program at Sheridan’s Trafalgar Campus. As she looked out the windows of an open computer lab in the C Wing, with a door that didn’t lock, “you could see students running for their lives,” Raver said. Some students in the lab were getting text messages from friends in other areas of the school telling them that there was someone in the school with a gun. And yet still some students didn’t take the situation seriously.

Inside the lab, the concerned students had taped paper to the windows and used desks, computers, printers, tables, chairs, and even a ladder, to barricade the door, Raver said. Had a teacher or person with authority been in the room, Raver is sure that those students “would have immediately shut up, and got under their desks.” Along with what she called the immature response of some students, one of the biggest disappointments Raver felt was that, during their two hours locked in the lab, they were not checked on once. When police officers were supposedly searching the entire school to make sure it was safe, their room remained unvisited. But it was the behaviour of her fellow students that annoyed Raver the most. “I have seen enough stuff in the media on school shootings in the past year to know that this is a very real issue among colleges and universities these days, and to take any threat of someone in my school with a weapon seriously [and] not to be loud, and annoying and mock those around you,” said Raver.

Cool-headed daycare workers keep tots calm during crisis Toddlers and preschoolers in Trafalgar daycare were distracted with books and toys throughout the emergency Joanna Phillips Sun Online

Sheridan’s Trafalgar Child Care Centre was not exempt from the lockdown on Friday, and teachers made sure the community’s littlest ones were well taken care of during the lengthy, confusing wait. Juwairiya Khan, an Early Childhood Education student in her second year and first year student Alex Faulkner were two student teachers who spent the lockdown in the daycare

In their own words: Quotes from the lockdown Jeff Daley News

•“This terrified me. Not only me but the other students in the class. When something like this happens you can only think of the worst possible situation and hope you were wrong,” said Michael Olsen, second-year Marketing student. •“I didn’t know what to expect. I mean, we were all locked in this room with the lights off under our desks, praying everything was going to be all right. When you think back to Dawson College and Columbine, you really don’t know what to expect,” said Carol Pooley, second-year Sheridan interior design student. She continued, “I called my mom to tell her what was going on and that I’d be okay and I could hear the sadness and helplessness in her voice. It really hurt, you know.”

lab school, across from the Montessori school. The children ranged from 18-months to 4-years-old, and there were around 35 to 40 of them there that day. When the announcement of the lockdown came over the PA system, they moved the children from the kindergarten and preschool rooms to a tiny observation room in the middle of the building. “We sat there with the lights off and the blinds closed,” wrote Faulkner in an e-mail. She said they also stayed clear of all exits and doors. As to whether the older kids knew what was going on, “they knew it wasn’t a fire drill, because we weren’t evacuating.” “Some of the older children kept on asking what was going on,” she added. “And I don’t remember what the teachers replied back, but we were all calm. We didn’t want the children panicking.” Mostly, the children were upset at being woken up from their naps. However, they were distracted with books and

•A small debriefing conference was held following the event where Sheridan president Robert Turner told the media that safety comes first. “It’s a very different world, and one we must be prepared for.” •Sarah Wakabiashi, third-year Sheridan animation student said that President Turner acted in a professional manner using adequate techniques to protect his students. •“I think the president did the right thing by making the announcement and keeping students aware of what was happening.” •Halton Regional Police applauded Sheridan students for their co-operation and bravery. “Sheridan College staff and students are being credited for their immediate and appropriate response to the school lockdown. Although [it was] a frightening experience for all those involved in the incident and the parents who received calls from their children inside the school, everyone remained calm and co-operative, which enabled the police to effectively clear the building without further delays.”

“We were all calm, but we had no idea how serious it was until we saw the police and the SWAT team.” toys, and to lighten the mood, the teachers decided to stage a picnic. During the lockdown, the daycare centre changed its answering machine to alert parents to the situation and reassure them that all the children were okay. After the scare was over [the lockdown ended just after 5 p.m.] the children were taken back to the classrooms but the parents were not allowed pick their children up until 6 p.m., presumably for safety reasons, wrote Khan. She also wrote that when she and three other student teachers left the building, “we were all calm but we had no idea how serious it was until we saw the police and the SWAT team. I freaked out; I was like wow, this is pretty intense.”

The individual who prompted the lockdown came forward on Monday afternoon, President Turner announced. “The student came forward at 1 p.m.,” Turner said. “We notified the police. It was the first source of confirmation.” A faculty member and approximately eight students saw an individual with a long metal and tubular object that they thought was a concealed weapon. Turner said the police will seek confirmation that the student was the one seen by witnesses.

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Phony gunman identified Jimmy Toplak

On Friday Feb. 8, 2008 Trafalgar Campus experienced its first lockdown after security became suspicious of a man carrying what turned out to be a tripod. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. students hid in darkened classrooms while Halton tactical response teams swarmed the campus. The Sheridan Sun began filing stories immediately and continued live on its website for four days. Adam Holmes and Von Jeppeson won a 2008 Ontario Community Newspaper Association Premier Award for News Writing for their coverage.

All eyes on Sheridan College last Friday Thousands watch as emergency unfolds outside of Trafalgar Campus

Von Jeppesen

Police cars block all exits in order to ensure a safe lockdown.

“Attention, attention, attention. This is a lockdown. This is not a drill. ”

Jimmy Toplak Police Inspector Jackie Gordon with Sheridan president Dr.Turner updating the media about the lockdown situation.

Members from the SWAT team patrolling the campus.

Von Jeppesen

Von Jeppesen Sheridan President Dr. Robert Turner speaking to the media.

Von Jeppesen Faculty and students leave Sheridan making calls to family members and loved ones.

Jimmy Toplak Students exit the campus through the SCAET building where police vehicles are parked after the lockdown.


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Toasting the end

Well to put it simply, it has been one of the best experiences of my life. From the amazing teachers to the incredible classmates I’ve had the privilege to get to know over the past year and a half, everything has been awesome. I have cherished every moment and I will never forget my time with The Sheridan Sun. It is truly one of the best feelings in the world seeing your by line in print for the first time. That feeling of pride when I saw my family read my stories in The Sun will be something I take for the rest of my life. This program has given me a renewed sense of confidence, it has developed my communication and listening skills and I will always be grateful for that. So again I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped make this journey truly special along the way.

My short time at Sheridan was largely defined by my life-changing experience of working on The Sheridan Sun, and it is a shame to think future generations of students are unlikely to have such experiences as a result of the print production’s end. Thank you to all the staff who helped keep this newspaper alive long enough for it to help me, and certainly countless others, affirm what I want to do for the rest of my life. Chris Coutts Class of 2015 Editor, The Globe and Mail desk, Pagemasters North America

Michael Melro Class of 2016

Journalism professor Denni Freedman and former Sun managing editor Chris Coutts caught up at the Marquee, reading past issues posted on the wall behind them. Ross Andersen and Michael Melro share a drink to commemorate the last edition of the paper. Each issue of The Sheridan Sun is like a giant jigsaw puzzle – every student has a small piece of the finished product and over the course of several gruelling hours on Mondays and Tuesdays, we’d somehow fit the whole thing together. It’s an exhausting process, both mentally and physically. Yet the rewards of getting the job done week after week (and never missing a deadline) have been as fulfilling as anything I’ve ever done professionally. There’s no single memory that stands out from my tenure in the newsroom. Instead, I’ll look back on those innumerable “Sheridan Sun moments” – times in which I found myself working shoulder-to-shoul-

der with students trying to solve some problem or another with the issue. Often, while crafting a headline, tweaking a lead or struggling with a page layout, that invisible barrier that separates pupil from teacher would break down and we’d become two colleagues working together towards the same goal. Does it get better than that? Nathan Mallett Class of 1996 Print Journalism Coordinator 2010-2015

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Nathan Mallett spoke to alumni and current students, sharing his appreciation and love for the paper that he helped to create for so long.

“What can I say about The Sheridan Sun? It was the best experience I had as a student. It also landed me my first job. Where else could I have gotten real editorial experience than in the newsroom in SCAET Building? Being given the responsibility to act like professionals and see the paper go to print is something I’ll never forget. I took everything I learned in the newsroom to the next student paper I worked on full-time for two years after graduating. The knowledge passed onto us

still something I use today. Without The Sun I don’t think I would have stayed in the journalism field. Thank you Kathy for taking a chance on me as a first-year student and for continuing to be a mentor and confidante.” Stephanie Lai Class of 2013 Communications Officer, Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board 2013’s Stephanie Lai and Jayson Koblun joined in on the fun at the celebration of The Sheridan Sun.

Bittersweet celebration brings journalists together for goodbye to The Sun It seems as though it’s time for The Sheridan Sun to . . . turn another page in the chapter of education. While working with paper for the last three years, plus two years at a magazine, I will admit to you that it pains me to look at any product once it’s in the ground. The permanence of paper gives a certain “don’t-get-scared-now” mentality to an ever-changing, digital industry littered with delete and edit buttons. It’s unique in and of itself; it’s dangerously charming but still quite complex. Having a headline stretch perfectly across the body of a story, or creating the perfect deck that compels someone to read more, I firmly believe that can never be the same online. It’s intoxicating, to say the least. A new sun will rise, and a new day will open more opportunities for the James Rubec, Kathy Muldoon, Ashley Newport and Michael Burton celebrated the end of the paper in style at the Marquee on Dec. 11.

students chasing down big stories and asking the tough questions. I’ll have fond memories of asking pretty girls for comment on news stories for The Sheridan Sun. Also I’ll remember using its credibility to grab endless concert passes, sometimes turning a profit on the extra ticket I was given. Nathan showed no mercy when sending me back into the cold to look for a better photograph for a snowy parking story, and Kathy taught me to say more, with less in my writing. I learned from A-to-Z how a print product is produced, it was my first true love. This isn’t the end, this is only the beginning. Michael Burton Class of 2010 Editor in Chief, Excalibur York University

The night before I first worked on the paper, I was petrified. It was one thing to turn in a story every month or so. But to do it weekly? I wasn’t sure I could handle it. Then I came in the next day and realized just how simple an affair it was. Looking back on it now, about a half a year later, I can’t believe how far I’ve come. I’ve just had what I suppose is my last story for The Sheridan Sun newspaper published. And while it feels good, it’s also pretty bittersweet. To be a part of something that’s been going on for upwards of 40 years and to actually make meaningful contributions to it,

to be a part of a group of people that ensure it goes out with a bang. I didn’t think I’d enjoy my time here. Time has proven me wrong. It’s one thing to submit a story and get good marks on it. It’s another to work with people whose company you enjoy, and who enjoy yours in turn. Mark Elgie Class of 2016

Mark Elgie and Samantha Maich celebrated at The Marquee on Dec. 11.

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“Once I began working on the paper, Tuesday quickly became my favourite day of the week – not because it meant the stress of Monday’s story deadline had come and gone, but because I loved spending hours sitting in the newsroom laying out The Sun and watching everyone’s hard work come to life. I will never forget the memories I made nor the people I met while working on The Sun.” Vanessa Gillis Class of 2015 Online editor, Inside Fitness Magazine

“Don’t ask questions, assume and don’t bother people – The Sun shattered these qualities that had been ingrained in me since birth. I asked questions, didn’t assume and wouldn’t rest until people responded. Publishing online is great, but seeing your name in print is sensational. The first time I saw my name in print, I cried. Working as a full-time reporter now, I get published all the time, but every time I see my name in print, a warm feeling of pride fills me and takes me back to the first time I saw my name in print – nothing beats it. The Sun has forever given me a point of reference to go back to and find my ground and poise and confidence. Long live The Sun!” Mehreen Shahid Class of 2015 Reporter, Orillia Packet and Times

Journalism Print class of 2015 graduates, Vanessa Gillis, left, and Mehreen Shahid, right, work on their final edition of Sheridan Celebrating Success. CONTINUED from page 7 Leaving room S209 was always hard. There was always more to do, always a reason to hover over my computer while the teacher was talking to make sure everything was going smoothly with The Sheridan Sun. My heart sank when I heard the news. The Sun is what made my time in college so great. It was a production I proudly spoke about in interviews that would land me internships and a job with prestigious publications. Whenever I think about The Sheridan Sun, I’ll remember the back row of editors fuelling on our only source of energy – chocolate. I’ll think of the excitement shared between my peers and teachers after winning two Canadian Community Newspaper Awards for Outstanding Campus Newspaper and Best Campus Website. And I’ll remember my first years as a journalist, giving me a glimpse into a life with “long hours, little sleep and empty calories.” It was a blast. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.” Jeanylyn Lopez Class of 2015 Digital editor on The Globe and Mail desk at Pagemasters North America Attending the Journalism program at Sheridan is, without a doubt, one of the better choices I’ve made in my life. The

people I met during my time there were and remain incredible. From former classmates giving me a heads up when an opportunity becomes available to advice from instructors such as Nathan whose voice still plays in my head from time to time when I wonder what to do next, it’s hard to imagine where I would be without this network of people. It’s also the place where I had my first real journalism job as the co-ordinator of The Sheridan Sun. Sure, it was unpaid – although one could argue that working alongside Kathy is payment in itself – but it gave me an understanding of expectations, deadlines and responsibility that have really guided me in my career. I can’t think of many opportunities I’ve had since that have felt as meaningful as that did at the time. I’m saddened to see The Sheridan Sun ‘set’ but I choose to not focus on the many negatives. Instead I look at the amount of people it has touched in its more than 40 years of publication and feel honoured that I got to be one of them. Rodrigo Cokting Class of 2012 Digital News Writer, Weather Network Contributing to The Sheridan Sun newspaper allowed me to become more comfortable as a reporter and as a sports and news writer. When I graduated from high school in 2010 and got accepted to Sheridan’s print program, I was a shy and somewhat reserved

person with a love for writing. Thanks to the tremendous faculty at Sheridan, most notably Kathy Muldoon, Nathan Mallett and Denni Freedman, I was able to become more confident in my writing style and was taught a lot along the way. I will be forever grateful to all who helped make this newspaper a success. I will remember my two years writing for The Sun for the rest of my life, and I know many others feel the same way.” Lucas Casaletto Class of 2012 Social media and marketing coordinator at Sheridan College (I never left).

It’s the end of an era and sad to see it go. The Sheridan Sun will always hold a special place in my heart. But it’s an understandable change and a sign of the evolving world of journalism – not bad, just different. Sarah Munn Class of 2012 Editor, Pagemasters North America This paper introduced me to the insatiable love of having my words printed. I am heartbroken that future students of Sheridan College’s print journalism program will never know the satisfying feeling one would get when the stands filled up with papers that they created. Gone but not forgotten Samantha Dotson Class of 2012

I have always loved to write. The Sheridan Sun was my starting point in writing professionally, and the more I wrote each week the more I grew. It took a while to get used to the whole process and keeping up with deadlines, but it was still an exciting time, and it’s a time I will always remember. When I picked up my first issue of The Sheridan Sun and saw my byline I was happy. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing your work published in print. It is proof that hard work pays off. The faculty, staff, and students of this program are amazing and while the medium has changed how the news will be delivered one thing hasn’t changed: It’s hard work that makes The Sheridan Sun successful in the first place. Nadia Adalath Class of 2012 Staff writer at Brutal Gamer

Brutal Gamer writer Nadia Adalath.

MORE TRIBUTES on page 9 Class of 2012’s pregraduation goodbye photo in the newsroom: from left, Katie Rageth Pereira, Eddie Treacy, Sasha Horton, Rodrigo Cokting, Chad Brown, Julia Langlois, Kelsey Dunlop, Jordan Villanueva, Marie Adoranti, Kate Bondy, Lucas Casaletto, Adam Glen, Jordan Childs, Carla Cequiera, Stephanie Dwarka.


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I haven’t always loved newspapers, but I do now. I started to love them at Sheridan while working in the newsroom and writing for The Sheridan Sun. I don’t remember my first story, but I enjoyed every minute in the newsroom – even the times spent staring at a screen in a panic, willing a brilliant lede to appear on the blank document.
The Sheridan Sun helped me find work I enjoy. It helped me build a foundation for a career I love, and it taught me about the industry I would eventually call mine. Change is a constant, especially in our business, but the newspaper survives – even thrives – in adversity. The Sheridan Sun will always be relevant and important as long as the students in that newsroom continue to discover a passion for truth, fairness, accountability and information. There’s a legacy at The Sheridan Sun. We challenged the student union to be transparent and responsible with the money they received from students. We were there when the school held its breath during a lockdown for a possible shooter on campus. We covered events, art shows, galas and more to showcase the students in our Sheridan community. That work will continue. I say a fond farewell to the print edition.

Judy Rathwell McKinnon accepting one of the OCNA awards on behalf of the Sheridan Sun in 1993. Right, holding that same award at the SunSetPub in The Marquee Dec. 11. It has filled a need and been an important part of the education of many journalists. Even in the end, it teaches a lesson: the medium is not the message. Read on, write on, ask away. Erika Engel Class of 2008 Editor of the Collingwood Connection and The Stayner Wasaga Sun You never forget the first time. The shaky hands, the deep breaths, the rush you feel when you finally . . . open the paper and see your name in the byline. My first Sheridan Sun byline appeared in 2009. Some may consider working on “the school paper” just another hobby or grade requirement, but I treated my job as a reporter as if it were a paid position. I coveted bylines and clippings. I wrote and rewrote ledes until they were perfectly gripping and newsworthy. I proofed my articles time and time again to ensure they were free of spelling or grammatical errors. I dedicated myself to learning how to compose a great photograph. I wanted the layout to flow beautifully. The paper was

Megan Tilley, Class of 2013, is now content coordinator for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. The hardest part of writing a story is the lede. Some you want short, some start with a bang, others may need to be a little more detailed.

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To be honest, every single layout day was my favourite day on the paper. Working with instructors and my classmates trying to make everything fit, or stretch everything out was what made me fall in love with layout. There’s something oddly satisfying about rescuing a paper that was on the brink of disaster and sending it to print. It also helped me create friendships that I will always cherish. I miss the newsroom every day. Tristan Kay Class of 2013 Digital Marketing Specialist, Rivalus, Inc.

important. It still is important. I completed my second-year internship with a trade publishing company and work at the same company today. I see my name, followed by the word “editor,” in print in three different magazines, totalling 11 issues per year, and it never gets old. Despite how digital our industry has become, nothing will replace seeing your name in print. Thanks to The Sheridan Sun, and the fabulous people behind it, for teaching me the value of the written word . . . on paper.

It doesn’t matter what story you’re reporting, that first sentence is the one that will grab your audience. It sets the pace for the rest of the tale waiting to be told. So when asked to find the words to express my thoughts on The Sheridan Sun for its final issues, I was left speechless. How do I start? Where do I begin? For those of us who pursued the original form of journalism, I believe the majority of us had this idea in mind: seeing our name in print. Like a beacon of light the program and the newspaper called to us – this is where we could make our mark. Flipping through the pages of a newspaper or magazine and knowing those were your words that embossed the pages meant everything. We dedicated our time and effort to get the answers and tell those stories that could be read over and over again. The Sheridan Sun gifted many of us the opportunity to experience and cherish what few chances there are now to know what the world of print-journalism has to offer. The college paper, though small in readership was large in our hearts. It cradled our words in good times and bad. It was the source that generated excitement, frustration, laughter, and sometimes tears for many a student each year. The paper was the first to let us see our name in print – confirming that our dreams were a reality. The Sheridan Sun was a chapter in each of our lives that helped mold our skills and craft our talents, but in order for a new chapter to begin, one must end. The world of journalism is much bigger and demands faster and more efficient ways of delivering

Stefanie (Wallace) Croley Class of 2010 Editor, Annex Media It’s the end of an era and sad to see it go. The Sheridan Sun will always hold a special place in my heart. But it’s an understandable change and a sign of the evolving world of journalism – not bad, just different. Sarah Munn Class of 2012 Editor, Pagemasters North America

the news. The industry has changed. It’s not what we grew up watching in the movies (let’s face it though, nothing is like what you see in the movies). It’s more of a digital world than the print one we grew up with, the print one we wanted so badly to be a part of, and that’s okay. There is nothing wrong with change, but it doesn’t mean the world of print journalism was a waste of time. In the end, we left the paper as an expert in communications, a beginner in graphic design, a photographer, a videographer, an illustrator, a social media wiz (if you weren’t already one when you came in) and a reporter. This program opened our eyes to the world of what was and is now journalism, which today is a combination of so many things. Though the last page will be turning on The Sheridan Sun, it will not be forgotten and it’s students will carry much of what they learned with them. The paper taught us the importance of telling a story right the first time. Unlike posting stories online, once a story went to press there were no quick changes that could be made to a word or a sentence and then refreshed. It was the equivalent of writing something in stone. It taught us how to think outside the box, pay attention to details and how to develop a thick skin. But most importantly it opened a world of possibilities. Megan Tilley Class of 2013 Content Coordinator, Edmonton Oilers


10 / December 17, 2015 Sunshine of Your Love

Devon McLean and Kelly Gorven: Class of 2010

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Love under The Sun

Amanda Spilker and Filipe Dos Santos: Class of 2015

The Sheridan Sun is where it all began for Michael and Judy McKinnon (nee Rathwell). It’s where they both fell for journalism – and where they fell for each other. Since graduating in 1994, Michael has written for a number of newspapers and magazines, including the National Post, the Toronto Star and Canadian Living. He entered “the dark-side” a few years ago and now works as Senior Development Writer for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. From 2009 to 2011, Michael even returned to Sheridan to teach journalism. Judy, also a 1994 graduate, recently celebrated 20 years as an editor with Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal in Toronto. Michael and Judy were introduced in The Sheridan Sun newsroom as Judy wrote a Sun headline — “70 hour bus ride ‘sno fun” — and have been together for 22 years. They have two sons. The photo, right, was taken at the Journalism Christmas party on Dec 11, 1993 in what was then called The Cage, the Trafalgar Campus pub. They returned 22 years to the day, left, to celebrate the paper.

Daryll Hinves and Kellen Jackson: Both Class of 2015

James and Anum Rubec met at Sheridan College in fall 2008. They say the Print Journalism program taught them “lessons in self editing, listening, communicating and working hard; all four apply to marriage just as well.”

Catarina Muia and Mike Rodrigues: Class of 2015


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Op-Ed

‘In navigating the noise of information, let us be on guard’ ERIN QUEENAN

There’s no question, news shapes our cultural, spiritual and political beliefs. Sharing stories of our neighbours, friends, family, on a small and global level, news connects us to each other and creates community. It’s an amazing thing. In history, news stories have exposed corrupt politicians, highlighted incredible heroism and honoured victims of tragedy. In this digital age, with all the ways news is broken and all those breaking it: big organizations, bloggers, “YouTubers,” “Facebookers,” “Twitterers,” it can feel like piecing together a puzzle to find out what is really happening. Take coverage of the Paris terrorism attacks by ISIS sympathizers. What happened was a tragedy. The deaths of 130 people shocked the world. People asked why and how and looked where to place the blame. “The media has failed Muslims,” said a British Muslim in a Guardian article. In the Muslim’s opinion the media didn’t do enough to differentiate between the

minority terror group ISIS and ordinary Muslims. Sadly, since the Paris attacks, some Muslims have been victims of hate crimes. A Muslim mother was robbed and beaten in Toronto and a Peterborough mosque was set ablaze two days after the attack. The Guardian writer faulted the main stream media for being unclear about Muslim sentiments, but had people looked a little further, they would have seen right after the bombing on social media the hashtags #IamMuslim #PrayforParis trending, clearly showing Muslim’s around the world grieving with Paris. Journalists hold a heavy responsibility to report on the truth, fairly and accurately, offering all sides of a story. But in this age, readers are also responsible to report and discern the truth. Everyone should research just like a journalist. Read, watch and listen to all the platforms the modern media age offer, find voices to trust and comment.

Think of a buzzing holiday dinner party. The best conversation you’ll have all night isn’t necessarily with the loudest in the room, the flashiest, or even the most intelligent, but someone who listens, is authentic and speaks with clarity and direction. This is the type of story worth sharing. Stories can be unintentionally unclear because of lack of information or a tight deadline but what’s even worse are stories that are intentionally vague. George Orwell, author of 1984 and the critical essay Politics and the English Language, agonized over modern English and its abuse of language. Although first published in 1946 his essay predicts a future more similar to what we see today than his famous “big brother” dystopia. He calls for readers and writers to be constantly on guard. In his words, “thought corrupts language and language corrupts thought.” This is especially the case in political writings. “Defenseless villagers are bombard-

ed from the air, the inhabitant driven out into the countryside . . . this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers . . . such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.” These pictures Orwell conjures up to make his point are eerily familiar today with international military efforts to end ISIS and the influx of Syrian refugees to Europe. In navigating the noise of information, let us be on guard. Be wary of the message a story is sending. Writers and readers, should fact check, compare stories and think twice before sharing. It’s awesome and amazing to be able to access so much information with the swipe or push of a finger, but let’s all be aware of the responsibility that comes with it and critical of the authority we listen to.


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First Front Page THE SUN SETS

New Newspaper Invites Your Involvement

It’s one thing “putting out” a newspaper with your own plant and full-time staff. It’s something else again attempting to publish a college newspaper with a commercial plant several miles away, a small crew of part-time journalism undergrads, and catch-as-catch-can photographers and darkroom facilities. However, we’ve managed to “hit the street” with the first edition of The Sheridan Sun and with YOUR help it may yet become a good little newspaper. It was launched as a working laboratory for would-be newspapermen (that means women, too, of course), and to serve as a communications medium for the entire Sheridan community. But, like any other newspaper on “the outside,” The Sheridan Sun must depend on the co-operation of its readers for news tips and story leads; in fact, we’re in the market for contributions of articles, photographs, cartoons, letters to the editor and general involvement - to borrow a favourite word of John Cruickshank. Please phone Oakville Campus, 845-9430, locals 143 or 144 if you have a “tip” on a story or photo. Mrs. Bernice Crump will relay your message to the editor. If you find errors, short-comings and omissions in this initial effort, remember there are other editions to follow. We’ll get around to you eventually, for there must be a million storys and pictures in the trials and tribulations, achievements and activities of Sheridan people. We’re light on Brampton and Clarkson datelines, but coverage of those campuses is “in the works.”

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Jarrett Plans Television Coverage of Campus Events By JIM SMELLE

A brisk yet scattered turnout at the polls preceeded the election of Bob Rose as president of the business and applied arts senate of Sheridan College. Assuming power with Rose are Gail Brearley as vice-president and Dee Aitchison, treasurer. In a pre-election statement, Rose, a second year Business student from Oakville promised that the first order of business will be the constitution. “The constitution must be flexible and represent the consensus of the students”, said Rose. ONE OF FOUR Rose’s election to the business and applied arts senate represents only one of four senate vacancies filled within the past week.

Ron Planche was elected by acclamation to the visual arts senate, Everett Colling to the Brampton Senate, while the Lorne Park presidency will be assumed by Judith Almond. Steve Jarrett was acclaimed business manager of the Visual Arts senate. Rose hopes to initiate during his term establishment of a comminications netowrk utilizing a television system to publicize campus activities. Rose hopes to improve the college employment service, legal and parking facilities, the bookstore and the cafeteria. “PUB NIGHT” COMING Also on the agenda are student activities, the drama club, “pub night,”

the newspaper, and the Ray Macafee Fund. Rose won by a 57 % vote of the total cast. 4% of the votes were spoiled. Miss Brearley won by 58% and Aitchison by 56%. Miss Brearley remarked that she was glad there was more than one person running for the position of vice-president. She hopes that orientation missing at Sheridan this year will once again become a regular part of college life. “We need the involvement that comes from the first and second year students coming together. “At Ryerson, we had haring and I was forced to act ridiculous for a whole week. But there were others in the same position as me and this made us feel involved.”

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“BILL DAVIS WILL HEAR ABOUT THIS!” Failure of Sheridan to provide her with a course in Rolls Royce maintainance proved a “bit much” for Portia Shankemere, a wealthy Hamilton heiress. Shown departing from the Oakville campus parking lot, Portia threatenedto take her complaint to Hex W. G. Davis, Ontario Minister of Education. “It’s had enough not to being able to get a tailor-made course, but this parking lot fiasco is the livingend,” snorted Miss Shanksmere. “Harry, who’s been with us for 42 years had to park my Rolls two miles from the College, and I had to take a cab from there.” The Shanksmere fortune, built on beer bottles, is said to feature an endorsement of Sheridan. “But wait till daddy hears of this,” said Portia.

No Bitch Here

There’r no truth in the rumour running around campus that a dog has been registered as a Sheridan student. A small group of second-year students reportedly tried to hoax the Registrar’s office into registering a dog, in an attempt to fool the computer. But the hoax didn’t get very far. Student applicants records are tightly screened and the student had to appear on two feer, not four. Registrar John Bromley asserted. “There’s not the slightest possibility of a dog being granted student assis-

tance. Assistant Registrar Elizabeth Banister told The

Re-elect Colling Brampton President By LINDA MACFARLANE

BRAMPTON - On Fri-

There were no babies kissed (as far as we know) nor cigars handed out, but when the election smoke died away Ron Blanche (left) wound up with an acclamation for second term as senate president of visual arts. Victory V is given Rob Rose who won presidency over Mark Gilles in business and applied arts.

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day, Oct. 2nd the Brampton Senate held an election to fill the executive positions of secretary and vice-president. Mary Lang, a first year secretarial sciences major, narrow defeated Marie Szpular, a first-year library Technician, by a vote of 152 to 122 to become our secretary. Our new vice-president is Les MacKinnon, majoring in third-year community

planning and first year urban and regional traffic and transportation. Les defeated Robert Wilkie by an 87vote majority. There was a 60% turnout at the polls. 5% of whom apoiled their ballots, giving a total 277 voters. The president, Everett Colling, 3rd year mechanical technology, was elected last spring and still holds office. Rick Burt, 2nd year construction technology, was voted treasurer by acclamation in last

Sun yesterday, “It’s all a pack of nonsense. There was a dog here, at my office, in tow with a student. The student was registered properly. Anyway, the dog was a male, not a bitch.” Full registration at Sheridan, at last count, was Oakville campus, 1217: Brampton campus, 504: Port Credit campus, School of Design, 135. Total: 1856, an increase of 500 over last year. These figures do not include Continuing Education , Manpower, and Heavy Equipment School. The total, including these, is about 2,100.

springs elections. Nineteen students will be elected to the senate this coming week. Senate meetings will be held on Thursdays at 5 o’clock. We will keep you informed about all Brampton Senate meetings and decisions.

It’s almond at Clarkson Clarkson - Senate elections, closely contested brought the following results: Judith Almond, president; Aurel Heart, vice-president; Emily Belle Mattes, treasurer, and Wayne Gibson, secretary.

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