Month: October 2019

Carol Merriam appointed Dean of Brocks Faculty of Humanities

Brock University today announced that Carol Merriam will become the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.Merriam has been serving as Interim Dean of the Faculty since March 2015. She will continue that appointment until June 30, and then on July 1 begin a five-year term as Dean of Humanities.“I am delighted that Dr. Carol Merriam will be transitioning from Interim Dean to Dean, it has been a pleasure working with her over this past year” said Neil McCartney, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President Academic, who made the announcement.Brock’s Faculty of Humanities is a great community of scholars, teachers, and learners with an exciting future ahead. I’m proud to be a part of it.A Professor of Latin language and literature with a research focus on Augustan poetry, Merriam is also an experienced academic administrator, having served as Brock’s Associate Dean of Humanities from 2011-15 and Chair of the Department of Classics from 2004-07.Merriam, who joined Brock as a part-time instructor in 1994, is herself a graduate of Queen’s University (BA Honours and MA) and Ohio State University (PhD).“I have really enjoyed the year I have spent as Interim Dean of Humanities, and am honoured to have been selected for the permanent position,” said Merriam. “Brock’s Faculty of Humanities is a great community of scholars, teachers, and learners with an exciting future ahead. I’m proud to be a part of it.”In her eventful past year as Interim Dean of Humanities, Merriam was responsible for overseeing the completion and opening of the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines. That $45-million project was a huge milestone for the University, representing not just Canada’s most modern centre of excellence for arts education, but an unprecedented off-campus collaboration between Brock and its host communities.Humanities is one of the largest of Brock’s seven academic Faculties, encompassing eight different departments and five centres of research and study. Looking into the future, Merriam acknowledged the recruitment issues facing all universities because of shrinking demographics, and particularly challenges for the Humanities.“But Brock has a lot to offer,” she said, “and this is especially true in Humanities. It is an exciting time to be telling that story, and helping all of our units forward to live up to their full potential.” read more

Campus chaplain reflects on time at Brock

Andre Basson is nearing the end of an era.Since 2004, the long-serving campus chaplain has been a fixture of the Brock community. Basson has led discussions, welcomed students into his office, attended events and even taught classes.But as he nears retirement at the end of the semester, Basson says there is one part of his job that will be toughest to leave behind.“I have loved meeting amazing, awesome students from all walks of life,” he said. “It’s been such a privilege to listen to them and that is one of the things that I will miss the most.”Basson is almost ubiquitous at various occasions across campus, and can often be seen engaging new students at the University’s Fall Preview Day and Spring Open House events, working out at the Zone, or even leading a bible study for atheists.In doing this, he has recognized the importance of being an active and engaged participant in the University community.“An office is OK, but you really have to be out there,” he said. “You need to connect with students where they are. Our ministry is a ministry of presence and we need to be in club activities and get to know students at their own level.”Having started his time at Brock nearly 14 years ago, Basson has seen many changes during his tenure and has had to respond to them accordingly.“You get the sense with students that you need to reinvent your ministry every year because generations change,” he said. “Smartphones did not even exist when I came to Brock.”Basson also appreciates the wide variety of people he gets to interact with compared to someone serving in parish ministry.“I think in parish ministry you often deal with many of the same issues over and over, but these kids are struggling with lots of issues, like jobs and insecurities, and yet they adapt very well,” he said.Basson witnessed that resiliency first-hand while leading overseas trips with students, with one particular instance in his mind standing out.“I was astonished by the hard-working attitude of the students while we were on a social justice trip in Namibia six years ago,” he said. “I watched them paint and fix a playground with members of the community in the hot sun when I couldn’t physically stand to work anymore. When they find their passion, they are extremely committed.”Basson also emphasized the distinctive role University chaplains enjoy as “guests on campus.” Though an active part of the Brock community, campus chaplains are sponsored by their respective faith traditions to provide religious resources, learning and leadership among student groups, faculty and staff.“There is a loyalty, but in any family there must also be healthy criticism,” he said. “We were some of the first people to advocate for fair trade products on campus, not from a particularly Christian perspective, but to highlight where the University can be better.”In addition to providing pastoral care for students and advocacy within the University community, Basson, a native of South Africa, has used his previous academic background as a Classics professor to teach two Medieval Studies courses, a role he hopes to continue even after he gives up his duties as chaplain.He also hopes to spend his retirement devoting further time to other scholarly interests, including finishing a longstanding book draft about a fourth-century Roman poet and beginning to learn Spanish.To pursue the latter of these endeavours, Basson intends to spend time travelling through Latin America, a task that should not be too overwhelming for someone who is already fluent in nine languages.As the adventures of retirement near, Basson knows that Brock will always remain with him.“The University is such an amazing place,” he said. “There’s always ideas floating around, and I hope to stay involved and come in now and then. I can’t see myself ever in some way not being connected to the University.”Though Basson will not formally retire from his duties as campus chaplain until the end of May, a retirement party will be held in his honour Friday, April 6, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar and Grill (stories will be shared at 4 p.m.). Please RSVP to Kristen.Smith@Brocku.ca read more

Jacksonville hangs on to beat South Carolina State 7169

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tyreese Davis scored 14 points and DeAnthony McCallum made two free throws with seven seconds left as Jacksonville held on to beat South Carolina State 71-69 on Saturday night.The Dolphins (4-5) had a 67-60 lead with 1:27 remaining but Damni Applewhite had a bucket and a free throw and Rayshawn Neal added baskets around two free throws by Jacksonville’s Aamahne Santos to get the Dolphins within 69-67 with eight seconds left before McCallum’s free throws. Applewhite had a final basket at game’s end.Jacksonville’s Jalyn Hinton grabbed 11 rebounds and had a career-high eight blocks. He has 30 blocks and the team 62 this season. Jace Hogan scored 13 points and McCallum 11.Davis scored nine points in leading Jacksonville to a 31-23 lead at halftime.Applewhite scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, Neal added 14 points and Armani Hill and Janai Raynor Powell 10 each for the Bulldogs (1-8), who have lost eight straight.The Associated Press read more

Leonards 34 leads Raptors to eighth straight win

CLEVELAND — Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points, Fred VanVleet added 15 and the Toronto Raptors won their eighth straight game despite missing All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, 106-95 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.Danny Green and Pascal Siakam added 15 apiece as the Raptors improved the NBA’s best record to 20-4, reaching the 20-win mark quicker than at any time in their history. Toronto also is a league-best 10-2 on the road.Lowry missed his first game this season with an unspecified back injury. Raptors coach Nick Nurse didn’t provide any details about Lowry’s back other than to say it flared up earlier in the day.VanVleet started in place of Lowry, the league’s assist leader. With the Cavs still within striking distance, VanVleet dropped a back-breaking 3-pointer with 2:08 left to put Toronto up 10.Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and Tristan Thompson had 18 points with 19 rebounds for the Cavs, who hung around but lost their fourth in a row and dropped to 4-18.Cleveland, which sustained its worst loss of the season on Friday in Boston, did get healthier as starting guard George Hill returned after missing 11 games with a sprained right shoulder. Hill scored eight in 19 minutes.Toronto was making its first visit to Quicken Loans Arena since May, when the Raptors were swept in four games by Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Of course that Raptors team didn’t have Leonard, who came over in a July trade from San Antonio and has given Toronto fans hope that this might finally be the year.TIP-INSRaptors: Reached 20 wins in 26 games in 2014-15. … Came in shooting a league-best 41 per cent on 3-pointers in the past five games, but went only 7 of 26 behind the arc. … Won a franchise record 11 straight last season. … G Norman Powell (left shoulder subluxation) missed his 12th straight game. . Assistant coach Phil Handy was a member of the Cavaliers’ staff for the previous five years, including their 2016 NBA championship team. … Won for just the second time in 13 games in Cleveland.Cavaliers: All-Star F Kevin Love (foot surgery) made a brief appearance in the locker room before the game. Love, who is no longer required to wear a walking boot full-time joked “I’m walking, it’s a miracle.” The team is expected to update his status in the next few weeks. … Cleveland was also without C Ante Zizic (knee), F Sam Dekker (ankle) and G ,David Nwaba (knee). … Although Hill is back, coach Larry Drew will keep rookie Collin Sexton in the starting lineup. “It gives us another ball-handler on the floor, another guy who can make plays,” Drew said. “It gives us speed, it gives us quickness. I like Collin’s ability to play off the ball, too.”OH CANADAThompson — a member of the Canadian national team — is having one of his best seasons. He came in averaging 11.1 points and a career-high 11.0 rebounds. “The kid from Toronto is playing pretty well,” Nurse said. “He’s been a great rebounder for a long time and he is back to his highest level, or even exceeding it, as a complete player this season.”UP NEXTRaptors: Host Denver on Monday night.Cavaliers: At Brooklyn on Monday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTom Withers, The Associated Press read more

Commentary Even without game could be deciding weekend for Ohio State football

Oregon senior wide receiver Josh Huff (1) dives for the end zone during a game against Washington Oct. 12 at Husky Stadium. Oregon won, 45-24.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAs we head into the 11th week of the college football season, the No. 4-ranked Ohio State football team is facing what is perhaps the most important weekend of its season — despite the fact that the Buckeyes aren’t even playing.Next weekend, OSU will aim to get healthy and stay refreshed for the home stretch of the season with just three regular season games remaining.But although making sure players like sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker and junior linebacker Curtis Grant are fully healthy is vital to the Buckeyes’ success for the rest of the year, that isn’t what makes this weekend so important.In week 11, there are two top-10 matchups, and another game that might be arguably more intriguing.Thursday No. 6 Baylor (7-0, 4-0) is set to host No. 10 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) at 7:30 p.m. Later that night, No. 3 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) is set to travel to Stanford, Calif., to take on the No. 5 Cardinal (7-1, 5-1).Saturday, No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) is set to take on No. 13 LSU (7-2, 3-2) at 8 p.m.If the Buckeyes want to have any shot at playing in the BCS National Championship Game, they have to hope one or more of the undefeated teams fall this weekend.At the moment, OSU is waiting to see if two of the top three teams will fall by the end of the year in hopes of making a push for the title.Each of these three marquee matchups will prove a test for the higher ranked teams involved.Baylor, historically, struggles mightily against the Sooners, only having one win to their name in 22 tries. The one win did come the last time that Oklahoma visited Waco, Texas, in 2011, but that was when the Bears had eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III to lead the way.The Crimson Tide, who have already beaten two ranked teams this year, have also struggled in recent years against their opponent this weekend. Since 2003, Alabama is 4-7 against LSU, including going 1-4 in Bryant-Denny Stadium, where this year’s game will be played.Although the Tide have won the previous two matchups with the Tigers, including a 21-0 victory in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, it remains to be seen if they can rise above their struggles against LSU.Then there’s Oregon.In 2012, the then-No. 2 Ducks were 10-0 in early November and looked to be on their way to a shot at the national championship. However, Stanford had different plans, with the then-No. 13 Cardinal beating the Ducks, 17-14, in overtime and dashing any title hopes Oregon had.It is always said November is the most important month in college football, with many teams facing the meat of their conference schedule. Last season alone, three of the teams that were ranked in the top five in the BCS standings entering week 11 lost, including both Alabama and Oregon.This weekend is vital to the Buckeyes national title aspirations. OSU has been doing its part by winning all of its games so far, but unless something can happen in the next couple of weekends, the Buckeyes will be on the outside looking in for the national championship.So if a few top teams fall this weekend, the Buckeyes could come out big winners ­— even on a weekend in which they don’t play. read more