Studentled fashion show to highlight local talent

Brock models will strut down the runway Saturday, March 25 to showcase the creations of local designers at the third annual Panorama Fashion Show.Hosted by Brock Fashion HQ, a student club on campus, the event takes place at the Pen Centre and will feature the work of seven up-and-coming designers.Brock University apparel, and clothing from Arlies at the St. Catharines mall, will also be showcased.“The core reason for the show is to create brand awareness for local designers and designers from the GTA (Greater Toronto Area),” said event organizer and club founder Kidisha Joseph.When the Toronto native moved to Niagara, she realized there were few outlets for budding fashion enthusiasts to express themselves creatively.“I had so many friends at Brock majoring in the sciences and other programs far from the arts who had a passion for designing clothing,” said the fifth-year Media and Communication student.Despite having the desire to design, those students had no outlet within Niagara to present those ideas.Rather than encourage them to head to fashion-forward Toronto, Joseph recognized an opportunity to introduce something new to Niagara.The Panorama Fashion Show has since proven helpful for designers looking to build their brand.“It has helped them to build clientele, interest and awareness, as well as a sense of community over appreciating art, fashion, innovation and people’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Joseph said.The show, which features Brock models, has also become a popular venue for networking.The hope is to see the event continue to grow over the years, Joseph said.To bring that vision to life, however, new executive members for Brock Fashion HQ are needed.Anyone interested in joining the club can visit the Brock Fashion HQ Facebook page for more information.Doors for Saturday’s event open at 7 p.m., with the show kicking off at 7:30.The evening, catered by the Stone Mill Inn, will feature a variety of vendors, including a number of accessory designers and small businesses.Tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance at guest service at the Pen Centre, or at the door for $25.Brock Fashion HQ will be doing a daylong takeover of Brock’s Snapchat account. To follow along and view behind-the-scenes footage, add brockuni to Snapchat. read more

Opinion Ohio States College Football Playoff chance still alive but slim

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff and Tommy Bain, chairman of the Stadium Events Organizing Committee speak at a press conference to announce the events surrounding the National Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Aug. 29.Credit: Courtesy of MCTJust two months ago, the Ohio State football team was ranked in the Associated Press top five with a Heisman trophy candidate at quarterback, and it had been picked by many to appear in the first-ever College Football Playoff.My, how things have changed.Some expected the worst following senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury while others remained optimistic that the Scarlet and Gray could still make a run at a national title. As of now, neither group is right or wrong.The Buckeyes currently sit at 4-1 (1-0) and are tied atop the East Division of the Big Ten. Outside of a less-than-impressive performance in a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has filled in admirably for OSU, and should his play continue, there is an outside chance that he could still lead his team into a national semifinal game.On the other hand, things could very easily go south for the Buckeyes.Following a homecoming matchup with Rutgers on Oct. 18, OSU is scheduled to play three straight night games, two of which are on the road and in traditionally hostile environments.Trips to State College, Pa., and East Lansing, Mich., loom as the Buckeyes’ biggest regular season tests. And how Barrett handles himself during those games could be the difference between staying in playoff contention, and watching the Big Ten title game from the couch.There is no denying that the Buckeyes seem to be hitting full stride, but once again the poor strength of schedule rears its ugly head. Who have the Buckeyes really played that jump off the page? The only game I can think of is the matchup with the Hokies, and if you ask me, that game could have been a lot uglier for Barrett and company.Think of what we could be talking about had OSU beaten the Hokies. There is a good chance the Buckeyes could be ranked as high as No. 3 in the country, as everyone ranked in front of them prior to the Virginia Tech game aside from Florida State and Auburn has since lost.Think about if the Buckeyes had prepared for the bear defense the Hokies threw at them like they have since. OSU senior wide receiver Devin Smith said following a win against Maryland that he is surprised teams still line up in that defense because of how successful the Buckeyes have been against it since the Virginia Tech game.If you thought you would hear that kind of statement anytime after the way things unfolded in Columbus on Sept. 6, give yourself a pat on the back.So as the Buckeyes sit on the outside looking in for now, don’t count them out just yet, but don’t pencil them in either.Just sit back, (try to) relax and enjoy the remainder of the college football season. read more