Media releases

  • Thousands of students settle into Brock residences during University’s biggest Move-in Weekend

    MEDIA RELEASE: 4 September 2022 – R0097

    For Archi Tamakuwala, Brock University “feels like home.”

    The second-year Business Communication student says she loved her time living on campus so much during her first year, she had to come back.

    The Brampton resident was one of more than 2,600 students who moved into Brock’s residences Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4, marking the largest Move-in Weekend in the University’s history. The record number of students living on campus comes with the addition of Residence 8 — a new 308-bed semi-suite style building that opened in January — and the return to capacity for DeCew Residence, which underwent a major revitalization that was completed last year.

    Tamakuwala, who moved with her family from India to Canada three years ago, says it was important for her to maintain a sense of “home” while living at Brock.

    She says the support she received from her residence don and other University staff last year helped to guide her decision to return.

    “My don was always there when I needed her,” Tamakuwala says. “It showed me that I can rely on this place.”

    Making students feel welcome and comfortable in their new home is a priority for Residence Life staff, says Cindy Chernish, Brock’s Interim Director, Residences.

    “Students are both anxious and excited because for many of them, this is their first time living away from home. We’re here to help ease that transition,” she says. “It’s critical for students to know that we’re here for them, and that we have the resources and support systems to see them through each step of their Brock journey.”

    Brock University Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Lynn Wells was on hand Saturday to welcome students and their loved ones.

    “This is one of my favourite days of the year on the University’s campus because you really get a sense of what coming to Brock means to these young people and their families,” she says. “It’s such an important time in their lives, with so many new adventures ahead, and we’re excited to be a part of that.”

    Kimberley Kovacs was filled with both nerves and pride as she helped daughter Elisabeth, a first-year Nursing student from Sandford, Ont., settle into her residence room.

    “I didn’t sleep all night,” Kovacs says, while admitting she’s shed a few tears preparing for this moment. “It’s tough, but it’s going to be a good experience for her.”

    While also feeling “a little nervous,” Elisabeth says she’s mostly excited to live on her own and meet new people as her university experience gets underway.

    “It started off well. Moving in was smooth,” she adds.

    Planning for Move-in Weekend begins months in advance, which was particularly important this year with Brock hosting the Athletes Village for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games just weeks before students arrived.

    “It was a quick turnaround coming out of the Canada Games, but as usual, our staff and key partners on campus were up to the challenge,” Chernish says. “We had a busy month, but it was all worth it to see the smiles on students’ faces when they arrived.”

    Move-in Weekend was the opening event of a busy Welcome Week at Brock, which includes dozens of events and orientation sessions on campus. The first classes of the Fall Term will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Maryanne St. Denis, Manager, Content and Communications, Brock University mstdenis@brocku.ca or 905-246-0256 

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  • Brock prof weighs in on proposed Canadian alcohol guidelines

    MEDIA RELEASE: 2 September 2022 – R0096

    New proposed guidelines recommending Canadians consume no more than two alcoholic drinks per week to reduce health risks should be taken with a grain of salt, says Brock University researcher Dan Malleck.

    The Professor of Health Sciences and expert on the history of liquor laws in Canada says a report published earlier this week by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) offers a “distorted view” of alcohol’s health impacts.

    The report indicates health risks escalate quickly above six standard drinks per week, especially for women, saying three to six drinks a week can increase the risk of developing certain cancers, while more than seven drinks per week can increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

    In comparison, current Canada Health guidelines, also created by the CCSA and last updated in 2011, recommend men limit their alcohol consumption to a maximum of three drinks per day and 15 per week, while women should limit to no more than two drinks per day and 10 per week.

    “In this new report, the CSSA is following the normal distortion the public health industry applies to risk,” Malleck says. “Talking about ‘increased risk’ can be misleading when there’s no balance presented between risk and likelihood.”

    For example, if a non-drinker has a one in 100,000 chance of contracting a disease, and a drinker has a two in 100,000 chance, that’s a 100 per cent increase in risk, which “sounds pretty dire,” he says. However, the likelihood of getting that disease is still only 0.002 per cent.

    Furthermore, Malleck says the studies viewed for the report look at alcohol consumption and specific health outcomes, but do not consider other behaviours that may be connected, such as the fact that people often eat ‘bad’ food when drinking or that drinking earlier in life may have taken place in a smoky bar.

    “This is because it’s much more difficult and costly to do cause-and-effect studies that encompass the actual nuances of everyday life,” he says. “It also doesn’t permit the space for determining if a behaviour helps avoid a negative outcome.”

    Not included are any positive benefits to moderate alcohol consumption, including social aspects that can be protective against stress, anxiety and suicidal ideation, Malleck says.

    “All of those things are harder to track to a biomedical outcome,” he says. “By assuming there is no positive value of alcohol in people’s lives, the research ignores other potentially lethal or damaging activity that may have been averted due to drinking.”

    Brock University Professor of Health Sciences Dan Malleck is available for media interviews on the topic.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

    * Maryanne St. Denis, Manager, Content and Communications, Brock University mstdenis@brocku.ca or 905-246-0256

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