Media releases

  • Brock’s Orientation Week offering something for all students

    MEDIA ADVISORY: R00189 – 2 September 2016

    Brock University is known for its stellar student experience and this year’s Orientation Week activities prove that there really is something for everyone.

    Brock University Students’ Union has broadened this year’s O-Week offerings in response to student input, making sure there’s something for people who love a party, and those who prefer a more laid-back student event.

    Riding on the success of last year’s theme, BUSU is hoping to create a sense of tradition for future O-Weeks by sticking with the successful Brockchella theme.

    “The theme was well-received by the student body and we felt it would resonate again in 2016. We would like to continue building the Brockchella brand until the student feedback tells out we’re out of touch,” said Steve Kosh, marketing manager at BUSU.

    Over the years, BUSU has listened to students and adapted its O-Week schedule to reflect their feedback including increasing inclusive and diverse programming that engages groups of students who wouldn’t normally attend O-Week events.

    First-year Experience, a new program focusing on supporting students’ transition from high school to post-secondary, is introducing three new events with the objective of attracting more introverted students.

    “There has been a lot of data that speaks to the need for more programming for introverts and international students, so we created events that engage these groups,” said Victoria Parlatore, First-year Experience co-ordinator.

    Robert Maunder, residence life assistant, adds that this is exactly the rationale behind running alternative programming along with the traditional O-Week events such as offering Games Night at the same time that the Big Ticket Concert is taking place.

    “We want everyone to get the first-year experience they deserve,” he said.

    This year’s Big Ticket Concert headliner, Ontario-native Alessia Cara, was also chosen in response to this feedback, reacting to a noticeable shift among incoming students each year.

    “For the last five years, our concert headliner has been within the EDM genre, but we felt it was time to explore something different. We’re seeing this culture shift among institutions and demographics when it comes to musical entertainment and what they want to see,” said Curtis Bell, events co-ordinator at BUSU.

    Bell highlights the hard work that campus partners put into O-Week every year to fulfill the changing needs of Brock students.

    “We see more and more demographics of students come out to these events and that’s because more staff and departments are coming together to build on the diverse programming we offer. When you have those dedicated individuals who are student-driven, we’re able to give students a high-energy and entertaining O-Week,” he said.

    Sunday, Sept. 4
    Residence Move-in Day: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Brock Badgers Lacrosse games: 12 and 2:30 p.m. at Alumni Field
    International Student Orientation: 12:30 p.m. in Pond Inlet
    Student BBQ: 5 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & Grill Patio
    Residence First Night Dinner: 5 p.m.
    Kick-off Party and Live Burn: 8 p.m. in Schmon Tower Field
    Tower Party: 9:30 p.m. at Schmon Tower Field

    Monday, Sept. 5 (Labour Day)
    Res Games Pump Up: Noon in Isaac’s Bar & Grill Patio
    International Student Orientation: 12:30 p.m. in Pond Inlet
    Residence Summer Games: 1 p.m. in Intramural Fields (behind Zone 2 parking lot)
    Badger Bash: 6 p.m. in Jubilee Court
    Drive-in Movie: 8 p.m. in Schmon Tower Field

    Tuesday, Sept. 6
    Vendor Fair, Campus Tours, Clubs Fair and First-year Experience Hub: 10 a.m. in Weatherstation Field
    Faculty and Athletics orientations: Several sessions in different locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Real Sex, Real Stories Edutainment Speaker: 5 p.m. in David Howes Theatre
    Comedy Night: 7:30 p.m. in Bob Davis Gymnasium

    Wednesday, Sept. 7
    Best of Downtown, Vendor Fair, Clubs Fair and First-year Experience Hub: 10 a.m. in Weatherstation Field
    Annual Picnic: 5 p.m. at Burgoyne Woods
    Welcome Wagon: 5 p.m.
    Landmark Cinema Free Admission Movie Night: 7 p.m. at the Pen Centre
    Isaac’s Goes Interactive: 7 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & Grill
    Meet and Compete: 8:30 p.m. in Fireplace Lounge-Earp Residence

    Thursday, Sept. 8
    Outdoor Yoga: 10 a.m. in Weatherstation Field
    Ropes Course: Noon at Youth University Ropes Course and Rock Climbing Wall
    Tea Social: 2 p.m. in Global Commons-International Centre (RM 104)
    Condom Poker and Dirty Bingo: 7 p.m. in Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium
    Board Game Night: 8:30 p.m. in CJ’s Lounge-DeCew Residence
    Isaac’s Pub Night: 9 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & Grill

    Friday, Sept. 9
    The Hour Escape Room: 10 a.m.
    Open Mic Night: 6 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & Grill
    Paint Party: 9 p.m. in Weatherstation Field

    Saturday, Sept. 10
    Brock Bazaar: 9 a.m. in Zone 1 parking lot
    Brock Cares: 10 a.m.
    Big Ticket Concert with Alessia Cara: 7:30 p.m. in Weatherstation Field
    Games Night: 8 p.m. in CJ’s Lounge-DeCew Residence

    Sunday, Sept. 11
    Residence Campfire: 8 p.m. in Alphie’s Trough

    For more information, visit

    For assistance arranging interviews:
    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970
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  • Brock lacrosse teams to host Six Nations all-stars in friendly matches

    MEDIA ADVISORY: R00188 – 1 September 2016

    As Brock University continues to strengthen its partnerships and outreach to the Indigenous community, a group of Six Nations all-star youth lacrosse players will visit the University Sunday to take on the Brock Badgers.

    Both the Badgers men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will play against the Six Nations teams in the friendly matchups this weekend with the women playing at noon Sunday and the men playing at 2:30 p.m. Both games will take place on Brock’s Alumni Field.

    The games were the result of collaboration between Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services and Brock Sports, which have been working together to get more Indigenous youth visiting the school.

    “It has been a dream of mine for years to bring our Six Nations youth to Brock to play lacrosse against our students,” said Sandra Wong, Aboriginal Academic Program Support Co-ordinator at Brock.

    “We thought this would be a great opportunity for recruitment, building stronger relationships with Six Nations and using sport as a vehicle for student engagement and involvement,” said Jesse Barraza, Student-Athlete Services Co-ordinator.

    The event is free to attend, but because the games are being held during the University’s annual Move In Day blitz, parking will be in Zone 2, rather than near the Alumni Field.

    While the games are considered ‘friendlies,’ Barraza expects them to still be competitive.

    “The Six Nations team consists of high school all stars and many of them have been recruited by NCAA teams. It should be a lot of fun for the kids, but also a good practice for our teams,” he said.

    For more information or to confirm attendance:

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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