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[30 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on Local entrepreneurs get a start-up for emerging business ideas | ]

Over fifty local developers, marketing professionals, business executives, web designers, animators, and engineers met at Radius Café on James Street South this weekend to brainstorm with other inspired minds at the third annual “Start-Up Hamilton”.
Presented by Innovation Factory, KITESTRING, Software Hamilton, and Vana Workforce, 25 ideas were pitched and the top seven were chosen to turn their pitch into a viable business proposal.
The winner was Walkbug, a mobile app that allows a person unfamiliar with his or her current geographical location to create a personalized walking tour.
Stephanie Shuster, Studio Manager …

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[5 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on Roger Ebert: an appreciation | ]

I met Roger Ebert once. It was in the fall of 2008, on the heels of the release of his book Scorsese. I went to a book signing of his with a friend of mine, and after a long wait in line, I found myself face-to-face with the man who’d shaped my love of movies more than any other.
It was a bittersweet experience. Meeting your idol is a blessing not everyone receives and I was thrilled at the opportunity. At the same time, when I did finally get to approach …

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[3 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on MSA Gives Back: We have a winner! | ]

Last week, executives from the Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) and the president’s office, including President Rob MacIsaac, banded together to judge the top 12 ideas for the first MSA Gives Back competition.
In February, the MSA decied to put forth a $50,000 investment in student ideas to improve the school in some way—the boundaries were very loose. President Rob MacIsaac’s office liked the idea so much they decided to match the MSA’s offer, bringing the grand total to $100,000.
Steve Kosh, Marketing and Communications Manager for the MSA says they were only …

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[13 Mar 2013 | Comments Off on Local poets compete internationally | ]

There is silence as the young man stands on stage, arms wrapped around himself, head tilted to one side, twitching slightly. His eyes open and he begins to speak, softly at first.
“I think I am going crazy.”
The young man changes the cadence and tone of his voice as the words flow. Words about loss and grief, and what it means to be a man.
The words flood from him with such intensity and passion that the snapping of approving fingers from the audience begins to punctuate each line.
He is performing a …

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[19 Feb 2013 | Comments Off on MSA Gives Back | ]

With $100,000 on the line, the Mohawk Students’ Association wants your ideas for how to improve student life.
MSA President Andy Hall announced the Mohawk Gives Back campaign this morning. Students can submit their ideas for improving student life at any of the four campuses, vote on their favourite ideas, and see their improvements come to life.
“We thought if there’s one student group that’s really pushing forward to get funding towards one of their initiatives, or something that would improve their student life at Mohawk College … maybe there’s a lot …

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[13 Feb 2013 | Comments Off on Online dating: It worked for me | ]

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is definitely in the air. It’s also online. Dating websites like Plenty of Fish, eHarmony, Lavalife, and even the controversial ashleymadison.com – a website specifically targeted at people in committed relationships who want to have affairs – are mostly free and readily available for people to sign up for and try their luck at relationship roulette.
I was on Plenty of Fish about three years ago. I was living in Kitchener at the time and didn’t really know anyone while balancing school and …

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[12 Feb 2013 | Comments Off on ELECTION: Feature Video: Debate between the candidates for MSA President | ]

Starting Tuesday, February 12th, polls will be open on Mocomotion for Mohawk College students to vote for their new  Mohawk Students’ Association representatives, including the next MSA President.
This year’s candidates are Ryan Chow, a Health, Wellness, and Fitness student and current Vice-President of the Brantford Campus; and Eddie Partito, an Architectural Technician student, and current Vice-President of the Fennell Campus.
Eddie and Ryan sat down with the Ignite News team in the journalism newsroom to discuss their campaign platforms and their hopes and goals following the election.
Voting for all positions will take …

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[5 Feb 2013 | Comments Off on Penny for your thoughts? | ]

The federal government wants to leave Canadians penniless. Eventually. Beginning this week,the one-cent coin will no longer be produced by the Royal Canadian Mint.
The main reason for the discontinuation is the rising cost of production. It costs 1.6 cents to produce a penny, and that doesn’t include the handling costs it imposes on retailers and financial institutions.
A 2008 study conducted by Quebec-based bank Desjardins estimated the penny cost the Canadian economy approximately $150 million annually.
But phasing out the penny brings its own costs, and McMaster economist William Scarth figures it …

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[31 Jan 2013 | Comments Off on Student appreciation day? Sweet! | ]

Mohawk gave back to students in a sweet way on Wednesday.
The school celebrated Student Appreciation Day, drawing inspiration from the classic movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
Events included 4,000 slices of free pizza, cake pops, candy giveaways, and a chance to win a $500 “golden ticket prize pack” of gift certificates to local businesses.
Debra Pearson, Mohawk’s Orientation & Special Events Coordinator, said it’s about keeping the students excited about coming to college.
“It’s just kind of the blahs of winter, and we wanted to perk them all up and have…

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[22 Jan 2013 | Comments Off on Mohawk College time capsule opened after 27 years | ]

In Karen Simpson’s letter to the future, the former president of the Student Representative Council (now the MSA) predicted flying cars and vitamin supplements in place of food. While neither have come to be (yet), Simpson was right in believing we would still appreciate a good Scotch whisky. A tiny bottle of Chivas Regal was her grand contribution to the time capsule, enclosed inside the wall of the Mohawk College Student Centre in 1986.
Now, the time capsule has been released from its brick enclosure and opened in the offices of …