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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 …

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[16 Jan 2013 | Comments Off on Getting fit? There’s an app for that | ]

For a lot of people, the top resolutions for 2013 are to eat healthier and to exercise regularly. Many of us start the year with a list of goals and big dreams, but have trouble achieving them and sticking with our resolutions.
For smartphone users, tracking your progress and achieving your goals is easier than ever in 2013. There are an endless number of useful apps available that are designed to promote physical activity and healthy eating. Here are my top five:
Nike Training Club
With the Nike Training Club app you are …

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[12 Jan 2013 | Comments Off on Mohawk wins Amazing Race in Hamilton | ]

Mohawk College students showed their school spirit and fitness Friday afternoon by defeating McMaster University in the MyHamilton Amazing Race.
The race had students running all over downtown Hamilton, completing challenges, and using the MyHamilton app to share their experiences throughout the city’s core.
Three teams of four students from Mohawk and McMaster registered to take part in the race. They started at the Staircase Theatre on Dundurn Street before racing off to a variety of locations including the Hamilton Farmer’s Market and Tourism Hamilton before finishing at the Design Annex on …

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[30 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on A (lazy, tired and poor) student’s holiday gift guide | ]

It’s the nightmare before Christmas.
You’re on your last few bucks from OSAP, with rent and bills to pay. Exams are sucking your brains out and there isn’t even time to deck your own halls before heading home for the holidays.
What student has the time, energy, or funds to jingle all the way over to the mall and buy their brother new socks? Let’s not even get started on Hanukkah… Eight freakin’ days?
Before you make like the McCallisters in Home Alone (the first one, of course) and bolt on your way …

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[29 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Ignite Issue 6 | ]

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[24 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on No back to back for Mac | ]

Under the watchful eye of a record setting crowd of over 37,000 fans, teammates, classmates, scouts, family and friends, the McMaster Marauders and Laval Rouge et Or took to the field in the 48thVanier Cup in Toronto.
With back to back championship banners belonging to the Toronto Argonauts and Blue Jays above them, the Marauders tried to etch themselves into CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) history by repeating as champions and defeating the powerful Quebec team for the second straight year.
Laval, however, had different plans and proceeded to run right through McMaster …