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[10 Mar 2012 | Comments Off on MSA elections, students don’t care or just unaware | ]

It has been another year of Mohawk Student Association elections and another disappointing turnout. Despite responsibility for about $6 million in student money, the MSA was unable to raise interest in the elections, receiving a total of 490 votes in a student body of about 12,500 students.
“It’s definitely tough; it’s something we are faced with every year. This was certainly worse than previous years; voter turnout was very bad for us,” MSA President Daniel Clark stated. “But we still put a lot of man power into it, we’ve still invested …

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[7 Mar 2012 | Comments Off on Drunk and Educated: Binge Drinking On Campus (Part One) | ]

Alcohol comes in many tastes, textures and amounts. Some people view alcohol as an art form that should be sipped, tasted and critiqued with little cubes of cheese. Others consume it as a way to escape the stresses we face on a daily basis. No matter how it’s poured, for centuries human civilization has enjoyed the effects an alcoholic beverage affords us – with me being an exception. I’ve never bought into or acquired a taste for drinking. To be honest, I’ve never had my own drink let alone experience …

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[10 Nov 2011 | Comments Off on Recreation in need of a facelift | ]

Students will be waiting even longer as plans to construct the new athletics facility have been pushed back to April 2012, a date that can’t come soon enough.
“Currently our athletics facilities are probably the smallest facility [on a campus] considering the amount of students that we have,” says Matthew Schnarr, Campus Recreation Coordinator for Mohawk’s Students’ Athletics Committee [SAC]. “If you look at other colleges and universities, like Fanshawe, UFT, Mississauga who don’t have as many students, they have outstanding facilities that have more space and programs. I would say …

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[19 Sep 2011 | Comments Off on OPSEU reaches agreement bringing strike to an end | ]

After 18 days, a tentative settlement has been reached to end Ontario’s college support staff strike.
Following two days of bargaining by negotiators, the deal was struck late Sunday night.
Rob Bemister, chair of the OPSEU bargaining team, said the union secured key contract proposals for its members and hopes all members will approve the tentative deal.
Over 8,000 college support workers will be returning to work Sept. 20.
Details are expected to be released after the settlement has been approved, which a date has not been set for.

 

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[17 Sep 2011 | Comments Off on Stuck in the middle, students feel the sting of the strike | ]

Students are keeping their fingers as strikers go back to the bargaining table. The Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU) has adjusted their demands, causing the mediator for the strike to pass the message to school management. This could possibly allow talks to continue as early as Sept. 17.
The main sticking point in this strike is the three per cent wage increase, and job security that the union is asking for.
“By modifying our demands on wages and retiree benefits, we demonstrated our commitment to the bargaining process and the students …

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[17 Sep 2011 | Comments Off on Elections Canada cancels on-campus voting due to strike | ]

Students are left wondering how to vote on Oct. 6 as campus polling stations have been cancelled.
Since the strike isn’t expected to be over any time soon, Elections Canada has decided not to have special polling stations on campus for fear that the strikers will compromise the safety and integrity of the voting system. These on-campus polls were a new idea meant to start this year to encourage about 200,000 Ontario college students to have their say in the upcoming election.
Since youth voter turnout has been something of a concern …

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[17 Sep 2011 | Comments Off on Mohawk fills the gaps as support staff walks the line | ]

 

It goes without saying – the support staff on strike has posed a unique set of challenges for Mohawk College.   With the theoretical ball being left behind by the strikers, part-time and administrative staff have teamed up with students to keep the game in play.
Some big names in the college have been found helping out wherever possible.
“I even saw [Mohawk College] President Rob MacIsaac [helping out] in the OSAP office one of the days,” said Andy Hall, MSA’s Vice President.
Meanwhile over in The Square, Jay Robb, Director of Media Relations …

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[1 Sep 2011 | Comments Off on MSA Announcement: College support staff on strike | ]

Dear Mohawk College Students,
As of the writing of this message, there is a support staff strike across the province.
Although the front line support staff have gone on a legal strike, management and contract employees will be attempting to keep the college open. Classes and Orientation will continue as planned.
The Mohawk Students’ Association is in constant contact with college management and we ask you to monitor www.mohawkSTUDENTS.ca to keep up to date on the strike.
Picket Lines
Please understand that you will be required to cross a picket line to get on campus.…