Humber Dance Company performs at year-end student showcase

Melissa Lopez-Martinez | The Avro Post

The Humber Dance Company took to the stage for their year-end showcase at the Humber Lakeshore campus.  

As the school year comes to a close the HDC will be ending off the year with their annual showcase.

With a lineup of 22 performances varying from contemporary, hip-hop and jazz. Students from both Humber and Guelph-Humber showcased their top performances of the year.

There was also a special performance by the Orillia Lakehead dance team.

The atmosphere was energized and tense, however it was mainly bittersweet for some graduating dancers like second year cosmetic management student, Lana Facchini.

“The most fun thing was being with friends in the studio,” said Facchini.

“It’s a great way to meet other people from different programs.”

Co-captain of the HDC, Melanie Hwang also expressed her pride for the team and describes what it takes to become a captain.

“Your chosen by the reigning captains and we want to notice that you have a lot of leadership skills,” says Hwang

“We like to chosen people that are in a four year programs, so that way by their second year they continue to go up the ranks and look over the team for awhile.”

Those that are interested in joining the dance team are encouraged to audition for September of 2018.

The HDC can be contacted through Facebook and Instagram.


Image from The Avro Post.

Non-occupiers pushed from Senate floor at York

Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Those not part of the Senate Chamber occupation at York University will be pushed out of the ninth floor starting at 9 a.m., university officials told media.

CP24, CityTV and The Avro Post departed the floor at 9:10 a.m. with the understanding that we would not be able to return.

Occupiers that leave can return, according to the official.


More details to follow. Image of York University Senate Chamber from The Avro Post.

Important dates to remember

Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

As students at the University of Guelph-Humber enter the final two weeks of the winter semester, and for some, the end of their school year, there are some important dates to remember.

This Friday, there are no classes scheduled because it is the civic holiday of Good Friday.

The Friday follow that, April 6, is when classes are formally concluded for the semester, and exams launch the following Monday on April 9.

There are exams scheduled for Saturday, April 14, and then the examination period is finished on April 19.


What else?

Monday starting at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. is Guelph-Humber Autism Down Syndrome Day in the South Atrium, where students can come to learn, engage in festivities and win prizes.

There are a lot of events planned for graduating students.

The thirteenth annual Last Lecture is taking place starting at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in E 135 and the Humber College Concourse at North Campus.

GradFest takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


More details to follow. Image of the University of Guelph-Humber from Leonardo/The Avro Post.

Analysis: Inside the York Senate occupation

Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Students occupying the Senate Chamber at York University in support of the striking faculty union allowed The Avro Post to enter the sit-in and interview one of the students involved. 


York to evict students – source

Read all coverage of the York strike


Karmah Dudin, fourth year political science at York, told me that they were largely not letting mainstream media inside the chamber, but that student journalists were allowed to enter, but I was not allowed to take any photos or videos.

The students involved have been in there since the last Senate meeting ended on Thursday, and have not left except to shower and change, Ms. Dudin told me.

“We’ve been getting a lot of support,” she said, explaining that people have been by to drop off supplies and even to join the occupation.

In regards to the statement York published earlier on Sunday, Dudin said her group “doesn’t really believe the support is genuine or really tangible”.

She described an incident where an individual that is part of the administration came, but not on behalf of York, to drop off care packages with toothpaste, deodorant and tooth brushes, saying “that is all that has been done”.

When I asked her if the Students for CUPE 3903 group would keep going until their four demands are met, she said very clearly: “yep”.

I asked her about how she thought it was all going to end as York does not appear open to meeting the demands, and she said “it was about something so much bigger” than classes continuing.

“This is about taking control of this campus, and taking control away from people who have a lot of corporate interests who are completely detached from the community, and giving it back to students and the workers and the teachers that really operate this university.”

She added: “if they don’t meet these demands, this is definitely going to grow, it’s already growing into something bigger.”

Dudin said over the weekend many new people joined the cause, some no affiliations.

York administration said in their Sunday statement that they wanted all non-students and CUPE 3903 union members to leave the chamber.

She avoided telling me whether there were CUPE 3903 members in the chamber, but said that the union was appreciative of the students support and that individuals “from all over the place” have come to support the occupation, without expanding.

In response to my final question over the atmosphere in the chamber and how occupiers were holding up, Diden admitted its tiring to occupy and the group has to face daily challenges, but said “people are extremely pumped up”.

“I’ll be honest with you, the administration’s response has actually energized people because we felt like it was undermining us and really got to people.”

“People are really ready to keep going.”


Atmosphere

A video posted by City TV reporter Tammie Sutherland showed the state of the chamber on Mar. 23, the Friday after the first night the students had stayed over.

It has not changed drastically since then, from what I saw. More signs were around the room, and it was busy around the time I was there, about 6:15 p.m. on Sunday night.


More details to follow. Image of the Senate Chamber sign early on Monday morning from Eli Ridder/The Avro Post. 

Porn star threatened over alleged Trump affair

Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Adult film star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, said during an anticipated interview on Sunday night that she was threatened to keep quiet over an alleged affair with United States President Donald Trump in 2006.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS News, she said a man had approached her in a Las Vegas car park in 2011, telling her to “leave Trump alone” before looking at her daughter and saying “it’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”

Ms. Clifford said she had consensual, unprotected sex with Mr. Trump once in July 2005, about a year after the future president married current wife Melania.

Trump has previously denied having an affair with the porn star and actress, with White House officially standing by the president’s word.

She said that she was paid $130,000 USD by Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen just days before the 2016 presidential election.

The president’s lawyers are seeking $20 million USD in damages from Clifford, accusing her of breaking a non-disclosed deal signed previous to the election, a charge she claims is invalid due to Trump not signing the legal document.

Daniels made it very clear that the sex she had with Trump was consensual, saying she was not a victim despite not being attracted to him.

Cooper is an occasional correspondent for CBS 60 Minutes, a show with a history of dramatic interviews.


Analysis: What matters?

The major detail coming out of the 60 Minutes interview was that Stephanie Clifford was approached by a man threatening her over the story she wrote for InTouch Magazine about the affair that was never published until just recently.

Unlike many other details such as the alleged “hush money” and the affair itself, this detail was not known previous to the interview.

This was the first in-depth interview Daniels has carried out on television, while the courts are still examining whether she is allowed to tell her story.

Analysts say that one place wher ethe law could be broken is over illegal campaign spending on the part of Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, who has said he paid Clifford money out of his own pocket.

“[It] comes down to campaign finance violations, if he was to make that $130,000 contribution to…Daniels…with the hope of trying to make an in-kind contribution to [Trump]…that’s a violation of the law,” said CNN Legal Analyst Laura Coates.


More details to follow. Image of the interview from The Independent. 

Students, security deny eviction report

Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

A source told The Avro Post on Sunday night that York University planned to evict the student occupation of the Senate Chamber on Monday morning, but students outside the chamber and the security team denied there would be eviction. 

A local union sent a mass message out to several accounts on Twitter Sunday night saying that they had heard from a reliable source that the university was planning to kick the students from the chamber at 8 a.m. the next day.

Students said that they knew nothing of the alleged eviction and security services on campus told CP24 that no such an action was planned.

The individual source said that the students occupying the chamber expected the university to “try getting in” on Monday morning.

The occupiers did not respond to a request for comment via the previously used communication channel.

Students supporting the striking local 3903 Canadian Union of Public Employees have occupied the meeting for the Senate in the Ross Building since Thursday evening.

The students let The Avro Post into their stakeout, where spirits were high and the environment was tense, but also light.

York University published a statement on Sunday afternoon that said it would not meet the demand the Students for CUPE 3903 group to halt classes

The York administration also formally requested all CUPE 3903 members and those not enrolled at York to leave the chamber as they found individuals “who are not members of the York community troubling”.

However, students said that CUPE 3903 members are not inside and have only acted to support the students.

Only undergraduate students were inside as of Monday morning, according to students outside the chamber.


Four days

Students supporting the striking faculty union at York University have been occupying the Senate Chamber for four days as of Sunday, since the Senate meeting last week.

The university has largely remained silent on the sit-in, but said in Sunday’s statement saying that the “health and saftey of the undergraduate students participating” in the sit-in is “of paramount concern to us.”

“Although the university doesn’t condone or encourage the sit-in, we respect our students’ right to express their views,” the statement reads.

“In addition to ensuring our students do have the necessities, including water and access to washroom facilities, maintaining the safety of the building environment, university property and facilities is also a concern.”

CUPE local 3903 has been on strike since Mar. 5, with classes continuing for faculty not part of CUPE.

Marginally less staff are part of the other campus union, the York University Faculty Association.

The occupying students still remain rooted to their spot in the chamber and have stated four demands they want fulfilled before departing the occupation.

Primarily, they want to have all classes cancelled until the strike is over, a move the Senate has previously delayed with the support of the university administration.

Secondly, the student group demands York return to the negotiating table with CUPE 3903 without offering concessions.

The group also demands a tuition refund to all students for the Winter term, a request made by Humber College students last fall which was denied.

A final listed demand is for more information on why York’s president, Rhonda Lenton, allegedly spent at least $20,000 on “personal expenses”.

York made clear in the statement that it said classes would continue “based on an assessment of what is in the best interests of all our students”.

“Staying open and running those classes that could run has provided our students with the ability to make choices based on their own personal circumstances, respecting the needs of the thousands of students who are continuing to attend classes, as scheduled.”


More details to follow. Image of the Senate Chamber from Eli Ridder/The Avro Post. 

Five ways to prepare for exams

Alyssa Alibaksh | The Avro Post

With final exams quickly approaching, here are five easy tricks to making it less stressful and get you prepared for these upcoming weeks.

Exam season is one of the most stressful times for university students. Whether it is midterm week or finals week, preparing for exams can be quite stressful.

Preparing for an exam requires serious time and commitment. Here are some easy tricks to make studying easier and help prepare you for your next exam.


#1: Organize your space

Whether you’re someone who studies at a desk, or on your bed, organizing your space is a crucial step to study successfully. By having a clean and organized space, there are less distractions that may impede on your studying.

#2: Write out a study guide

Search through lecture notes and power points, and collect the most important information. Re-write the important information as this will narrow your focus on what to study.

#3: Discuss the material with others

Teach the material to someone else. Family members or friends, use them to your advantage and show them, as well as yourself, how much material you know and the material that you will need to go over some more.

#4: Take breaks

The last thing you want to do is overload your brain with too much information. Take regular breaks. Grab a snack or watch an episode of your current favourite show. Use the Pomodoro Technique for optimum studying; study for 25 minutes and take a short five-minute break.

#5: Plan your exam day

On the day of your exam, make sure you have everything you need. Pens, pencils, student I.D., calculators, etc. Try to get to the exam location early, this way you will have some time to study one last time before you write the exam.

Guelph-Humber exams for the winter semester exam period starts Monday Apr. 9 – Thursday Apr. 19.


Image from Wikihow

York University Senate sit-in reaches day 4

Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Students supporting the striking faculty union at York University have been occupying the Senate Chamber for four days as of Sunday, since the Senate meeting last week. 

The university has largely remained silent on the sit-in, but on Sunday afternoon released a statement saying that the “health and saftey of the undergraduate students participating” in the sit-in is “of paramount concern to us.”

“Although the university doesn’t condone or encourage the sit-in, we respect our students’ right to express their views,” the statement reads.

“In addition to ensuring our students do have the necessities, including water and access to washroom facilities, maintaining the safety of the building environment, university property and facilities is also a concern.”

The Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3903 has been on strike since Mar. 5, with classes continuing for faculty not part of CUPE.

Marginally less staff are part of the other campus union, the York University Faculty Association.

The occupying students still remain rooted to their spot in the chamber and have stated four demands they want fulfilled before departing the occupation.

Primarily, they want to have all classes cancelled until the strike is over, a move the Senate has previously delayed with the support of the university administration.

Secondly, the student group demands York return to the negotiating table with CUPE 3903 without offering concessions.

The group also demands a tuition refund to all students for the Winter term, a request made by Humber College students last fall which was denied.

A final listed demand is for more information on why York’s president, Rhonda Lenton, allegedly spent at least $20,000 on “personal expenses”.

York made clear in Sunday’s statement that it said classes would continue “based on an assessment of what is in the best interests of all our students”.

“Staying open and running those classes that could run has provided our students with the ability to make choices based on their own personal circumstances, respecting the needs of the thousands of students who are continuing to attend classes, as scheduled.”


More details to follow. Image of York University from BlogTO. 

 

Top events on campus: Week of Mar. 26

Kaela Johnson | The Avro Post

This is our weekly round up of what we consider the top events that are happening at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber College North Campus. 

GHADS Day

Looking for a fun event to start your week? Head to the Guelph-Humber Autism and Down Syndrome event, an awareness event where you can play lots of games and activities and start your week off right!

Date: Monday, March 26 
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: South Atrium

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GradFest

Graduating this semester? GradFest is here for you! Students will receive information on convocation, class rings, career resources are more!

Date: Monday, March 26 to Wednesday March 28
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: North Atrium

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KinSoc’s Study Rooms

Gotta start studying for exams? Check out the Kinesiology Society’s study room for free coffee, snacks and a good time! Bring your friends and meet students from other programs and years!

Date: Wednesday March 28
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: GH 303

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Last Lecture

Calling all graduating students! Last Lecture is an event where graduating students can celebrate and reminisce over their past few years at Guelph-Humber! The event starts with a reception then a “last lecture” from a graduating student, alumnus, then awards presentation.

Date: Wednesday March 28
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
E135 and the Humber Concourse (across from the bookstore)
Register: Last Lecture

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GHAMA’s De-Stress Recess

Need a reason to play games and destress from the semester? Guelph-Humber Advertising and Marketing Association’s got the event for you! Head to the De-Stress Recess event to play fun games and activities to get your mind in a better place before exams! There will also be prizes and refreshments!

Date: Thursday March 29
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: GH 303

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GHPLS’ Alumni Night

Thinking about heading back to school after graduating? Head to the Guelph-Humber Pre-Law Society’s first ever Alumni Night. There will be a panel of lawyers, professors and masters and law students talking about their experiences and offering advice. There will also be free food, a photo-booth and music. The dress code is business formal. Grab your free tickets!

Date: Thursday March 29
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery
Tickets: Alumni Night

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Image of University of Guelph-Humber by Leonardo Yokhana/The Avro Post

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