Congress 2014 organizers looking for students help

Congress 2014 organizers are looking to fill more than 500 student volunteer and contractor positions as it gears up for the major academic conference at Brock University in May.Last held at Brock in 1996, Congress – the largest symposium of its kind in Canada – will bring 8,000 or more delegates to the campus between May 24-30.Organizers are looking for between 350-400 volunteers to help with “anything and everything,” said Curtis Gadula, Brock manager, off campus living and neighbourhood relations.“We couldn’t have done this without the volunteers.”Another 110 paid contractor positions are also available.Hosted by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape Canada’s future.Developed in partnership with a different host university each year, Congress programming is open to attendees, academics and non-academic audiences.From theatre research, literature studies and education to history, sociology and communications, Congress represents a unique showcase of scholarly excellence, creativity and leadership.Interested volunteers should contact Gadula prior to the deadline March 14 at 4 p.m.Applications for positions can be filled online. read more

Brock gearing up for 2021 Canada Summer Games

Brock University continues to make significant commitments to support the 2021 Canada Summer Games in Niagara through the appointments of Sport Management Associate Professor Julie Stevens and Brock’s Vice-President, Administration Brian Hutchings.Stevens, whose PhD is in sport and business, has been named as Brock’s Special Advisor to the President and Vice-Chancellor, Canada Games, a position she will use to maximize the partnership between the Games and Brock University, exploring opportunities for teaching, research and experiential education related to the country’s largest multi-sport event.Stevens will take over the position of Chair of the Brock University Canada Games Steering Committee (Academic), and will sit as a member on the Brock University Canada Games Executive Committee, chaired by Hutchings. Together, Stevens and Hutchings will span the full capacity of Brock to support success of the 2021 Games and related benefits they bring to the region.Brian Hutchings, Vice-President, Administration.With nearly 20 years of Brock experience and significant Canada Games research, Stevens is eager to take on the role through which she will help faculty, staff and students create connections to the Games.“I’m very familiar with the Games program, its history in Canada and its footprint in different communities,” said Stevens. “I’m excited — for Niagara and for Brock — about what it will mean to have the Games in the region.”Hutchings, a former professional athlete, is also the lead contact regarding Canada Games site locations at Brock and related developments.“As a community partner, Brock will be ready to help Niagara welcome thousands of athletes and supporters coming for the Games in July 2021,” said Hutchings. “The campus will be a busy hub, serving as the athletes’ village and also hosting several athletic events.”These latest announcements follow the Government of Canada’s appointment earlier this year of Brock President Gervan Fearon to the board that is overseeing the Games itself, alongside Brock senior official Tom Arkell. Fearon said Stevens’ appointment will help the University contribute to a major national sports spectacle that should have a big impact on Niagara’s future growth.“With her impressive background and wealth of Canada Games knowledge, Julie will help Brock make the necessary connections to see those ideas for hands-on learning come to fruition,” said Fearon.“The Games is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Canadian athletes and to build our community, but is also a chance to introduce new avenues of experiential education that will benefit our students in their future careers.”Stevens will work with the Academic Steering Committee to explore experiential education, teaching and research opportunities related to the Canada Games. The committee includes representatives from each of Brock’s Faculties as well as administrative and student services units.“From the discussions that have already taken place with the steering committee, it’s clear there are experiential opportunities for students in all programs. It’s about thinking beyond the sports context and building awareness,” Stevens said. “For instance, there are opportunities in Math and Science with computer science and IT, and in Humanities with opening and closing ceremonies, performances and cultural aspects of the Games.”Stevens will work with all Brock stakeholders involved to map, track and capture the impact of the experiential education, research and teaching connections to the Games.“It will help us identify new ways of co-operating with a community partner, especially one that itself is very connected to government, sport clubs, business and other areas of sport,” she said.“This gives Brock an opportunity to set the foundation that will allow the Canada Games Council to include experiential education in all its future bids. We will provide a starting-point to help them develop their approach.”At the same time, Brock will also use the experience to improve its own experiential education, collaborative research and teaching for the future. Gary Comerford, Chair of Brock’s Board of Trustees, said it’s a tremendous opportunity for the entire community.“The Canada Games will bring about 5,000 young athletes to Niagara,” he said. “It is expected that another 5,000 volunteers will be needed to host the Games, which will bring an economic impact of about $200 million to the Niagara area.”In addition to hosting certain sports competitions and the athletes’ village, Brock will also house the Games’ provincial mission offices, transportation centre, administrative offices, polyclinic and information centre. read more

Student project paints picture of St Catharines history for the public

What did the population of St. Catharines look like in 1900?That’s the question Brock University students aimed to answer during a recent project looking into the city’s history.Students in HIST 2P26 — Introduction to Digital History spent the past semester digging into archival material in hopes of not only shedding light on St. Catharines’ past, but also sharing their findings with the public.Forty students took on the task of transcribing St. Catharines tax rolls from 1900 to build a database and create an historical GIS map of the city’s population at the turn of the 20th century.“The project gave students digital skills as well as experience working with archival materials and writing social history,” said Assistant Professor of History Colin Rose, who works with GIS data in his own research.“A lot of them have commented on how this student-driven learning experience has helped them develop new skills, like reading cursive, and really understand the process of designing and pursuing a history or digital humanities project.”The students used GIS to match the previous city population to the current road layout, showing exactly where individuals from the past would live today. They also included statistical data on the number of children, total property value, occupation, age and pets within each household.“It’s interesting to see what occupations people had then,” said second-year student Elisa Mastroianni, who worked with Vanessa Barbera to transcribe data from a section of the city’s St. George’s ward. The pair found occupations as diverse as piano tuner, labourer and bicyclist in their data.“Women were always designated as wife or widow in the tax roll,” said Barbera. “Some were landlords renting out property.”Mastroianni was intrigued by details of past lifestyles.“It was interesting to see what family life was like,” she said.Students found interesting spatial patterns in their data, noting that housing was clustered by socio-economic status rather than by ethnicity. Working class neighbourhoods — particularly, apartment blocks — where a lot of migrant labours made their first homes were highly diverse areas.Students also commented on the surprising lack of family dogs, although that could be an idiosyncrasy of data recording, Rose said.Rose and the students worked closely on the project with Brock’s Archives and Special Collections and St. Catharines Museum, which provided tax rolls for digitization.“It is a public history project that gives local history enthusiasts access to a trove of genealogical and historical information on St. Catharines’ past,” said Rose. “The students have done a public service through their research and learning, which, hopefully, the community will find value in.”The interactive, dynamic WebGIS students have been constructing allows users to explore and analyze the historical population of St. Catharines. The project is available at www.niagaralives.ca read more

Morants doubledouble fuels Murray St past Prairie View

MURRAY, Ky. — Ja Morant made 12 of 14 free throws, scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Murray State beat Prairie View A&M 83-67 on Saturday night.Shaq Buchanan added 14 points for the Racers. Mike Davis scored 12 and Tevin Brown added 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists.After Morant’s free throw put Murray State (4-1) ahead 30-28 with 4:52 before halftime, Gary Blackston and Chancellor Ellis made back-to-back 3-pointers and Devonte Patterson made a pair of free throws and the Panthers led 36-30.The Racers put together an 8-0 run to close the half and, after intermission, Patterson’s jumper tied it at 38. But Morant responded with a dunk and a 3-pointer and Murray State led the rest of the way. Davis’ layup with 13:27 to play extended the lead to 58-42.Patterson led Prairie View (1-7) with 18 points and Blackston had 14. The Panthers have lost seven straight.The Associated Press read more

Leadership contributing to No 13 Ohio State womens volleyballs hot start

OSU freshman setter Taylor Hughes (6) sets the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team has started off the season going 8-1, including three victories over top 25 teams in then-No. 14 Florida State twice and then-No. 13 Arizona.Before the 13th-ranked Buckeyes open conference play with No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 23 Minnesota next week at St. John Arena, the team has three final nonconference matchups in Rochester, Michigan, against Eastern Illinois, Western Michigan and Oakland.OSU plays in statistically the toughest conference and has the ninth toughest schedule overall in the NCAA.A key contributor to OSU’s success so far this season has been junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. The third-year starter put together strong performances in the D.C. Koehl Classic tournament, including a match against Florida State in which she tallied zero hitting errors. Sandbothe is second on the team in kills with 110 kills, and has a .419 hitting percentage through nine matches, 33rd best in the country.       “You need players like that,” coach Geoff Carlston said about the Big Ten co-Player of the Week. “She’s certainly one of the kids we’re looking to for those moments.”Sandbothe said she sees herself as a player who likes to lead the rest of her team by example.“All of us have a passion for the game, and if I can influence my team by having that swagger and confidence on the court, that’s the player I want to be,” she said. “And if my teammates can look to me to be that kind of player consistently, I feel like that’s a privilege for me.”With two freshmen and four sophomores on the roster, Carlston said he looks to the seniors for leadership but has equally been impressed by the juniors.“I think our younger players tend to gravitate toward other people,” he said. “Our juniors have really stepped up in terms of taking on that leadership role. I’ve seen them keeping our team relaxed and in the moments.”Along with Sandbothe, junior libero Valeria León — the team’s defensive leader — said she takes on some of the responsibility of assisting the freshmen and sophomores in understanding how to play in big games.“We always talk about staying in the moment,” León said. “Don’t get excited, don’t get too nervous.”OSU returned most of its key players from last year’s squad that was a set away from an Elite Eight appearance — which would have been the first in Carlston’s tenure at OSU — and an improved 12-8 conference record from the 2013 season, when the Buckeyes were 6-14 in Big Ten play.León said she sees the team continuing its strong start through conference play and into the NCAA tournament.“After this year, I’m going to be a senior so right now, I’m approaching this year like it’s my last one,” León said. “I think we have a pretty good chance to make it far this year. I’m really excited for this team.”Sandbothe echoed the libero’s enthusiasm about the team.“Our team definitely has a dynamic and chemistry unlike we’ve ever had,” Sandbothe said. “Don’t count us out for being a Final Four team — and winning the Big Ten.” read more

The standard doesnt change for a new core of linebackers in 2016

OSU sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) celebrates during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 28-14. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell has a tall order this season. He must replace 171 tackles from former Buckeyes Joshua Perry and Darron Lee, including 18.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks.Migrating into a starting role is difficult enough, but when those players are following the footsteps of NFL draft picks, the water is even tougher to tread. Perry was a fourth-round pick to the San Diego Chargers, and Lee was selected No. 20 overall by the New York Jets. However, it’s not just those guys. It’s a long list of NFL linebackers to come out of OSU.“It’s not just 37 (Perry), there’s a No. 10, Ryan Shazier, there’s a No. 47, A.J. Hawk,” Fickell said on Tuesday after the team’s third practice. “There’s a standard set and that’s what we expect you to live up to.”Fickell has been on the OSU staff since 2002 when he was the special teams coordinator under former coach Jim Tressel. He has been a part of a national championship with Tressel and coach Urban Meyer, and spent four years as a linebacker on the 1993-1996 Buckeyes, starting in 50 consecutive games. In that time, he has seen a few changes of the guard at the linebacker position.Replacing eight starters on defense sounds like a daunting task, but Fickell was a part of the 2006 team that replaced nine starters on defense to make it to the national championship game where OSU eventually lost to Meyer’s Florida Gators. Linebackers Lee and now-junior Raekwon McMillan were thrown into the fire in 2014 and rose to the occasion. This season, Fickell said, is just another example of relying on young players.“We’re going to continue to recruit the best and guys are going to come in here and expect to play,” Fickell said. “I can say probably one of the greatest things we’ve been able to have around here is competition, especially at the linebacker spot.”Meyer has been regarded as one of the nation’s best recruiters. His ability to retool rather than rebuild on both sides of the ball is perhaps the greatest reason the 2016 Buckeyes are a favorite to win the Big Ten conference.Junior Dante Booker and redshirt junior Chris Worley are likely going to play at the weak-side linebacker and strong-side linebacker positions, respectively, with McMillan manning the middle. Booker and Worley may be new to the top of the depth chart, but Buckeye fans should take solace in knowing that those two are some of the most experienced players having to replace starters this season. Linebacker has always been a strong suit of the OSU defense, and Fickell believes this season will be no different.“They’re not those 44 some guys that are freshmen that have either redshirted or never played a down,” he said. “That’s one of those things where you can lay your head on a pillow at night knowing those guys are legitimate guys. They live, sleep and breathe our culture.”Worley and Booker saw several snaps last season and played on the special teams as well. McMillan, the team’s leading tackler in 2015, said that he doesn’t feel like he has to lead them like he does some more youthful teammates. He said going against the OSU offense in practice is as good of game preparation as a player can get in practice.“We have been working with each other the whole summer so we built that bond and that chemistry on the field,” McMillan said. “Once you build that chemistry on the field, you can work together and play together.”The expectation has been the same for the linebacker unit since they arrived on campus, and 2016 is no exception. They all sat behind guys like Curtis Grant, Perry and Lee, all of whom Fickell and McMillan proclaimed as great leaders. To be in the conversation of the last two seasons of dominant linebackers, McMillan, Booker and Worley are focusing on team accolades rather than their own personal goals.“We’re just going out there as hard as we can,” Booker said. “We’re trying to eliminate the selfish aspect of the game. Just go out there and become tighter as a unit.”Worley, too, understands the height of the bar set by former member of the “Silver Bullets.”“Coach Meyer don’t change the expectation,” he said. “Either you reach it or you got to get out.” read more

KJ Hill can move up depth chart with more strong performances

OSU redshirt freshman K.J. Hill (14) runs into the endzone for a touchdown during the first half of the Buckeyes’ season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAfter being left off the initial two-deep depth chart, Ohio State redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill made sure everyone knew his name after last Saturday’s game against Bowling Green. Hill caught the first offensive touchdown of the season for OSU, and looks to be a primary target for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett in the future.Hill, listed at 6-foot and 200 pounds, redshirted last season after after competing for a vital receiving role with the likes of three now-NFL receivers. The former four-star recruit from North Little Rock High School hauled in two receptions for 58 yards along with the first quarter touchdown reception.The crowded wide receiver unit, filled with upperclassmen like redshirt senior Corey Smith, junior James Clark, along with versatile H-backs like junior Curtis Samuel and senior Dontre Wilson who can make plays with their hands and their feet, could easily cause a young player like Hill to get lost in the mix. However, the redshirt freshman knows he can prevent being overshadowed by performing at a high level against Tulsa.“Every time you get a ball or a chance you gotta make the most of it,” Hill said.Initially committed to Arkansas, Hill jumped ship and made the decision to become a Buckeye after former OSU co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash left the Razorbacks to join OSU coach Urban Meyer’s squad. Hill said he was the one who made the call to see if the Buckeyes had an open spot for him.Meyer spoke highly of the ability of both Hill and his teammate — redshirt sophomore Noah Brown — on their ability to connect with Barrett and synchronize the timing of the routes they run. The relationship and ability by both men has earned high praise from the Buckeye coaching staff.Hill said the time he spent away from the field during his redshirt season motivated him to come out and work harder to become a top receiver for the Buckeyes.“It’s a tough process you go through. You know, I redshirted so I had a lot of downfalls and a lot of doubts,” Hill said. “I just kept going hard in practice, and my hard work paid off. I look back at it now and it was crazy.”Even with the top-tier production from Hill, he said the order of wide receivers has not changed, firmly placing him around the fifth or sixth receiver mark. Although this may seem buried in the depth chart, Hill can make a move up the roster if he continues to play at a high level.Hill will get his chance to make big plays against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. read more