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Jennifer Swanson, Trevor Pittman, Tomi XheliliJudge Jennifer Swanson congratulates instructor Trevor Pittman and Tomi Xhelili, winner of the 2020 Ianni scholarship competition.

Clarinetist credits instructor for scholarship win

Tomi Xhelili was quick to share the credit for his victory in the competition for the Ron W. Ianni Memorial Scholarship in Performance, Friday in the SoCA Armouries.

“I share this award with my instructor Trevor Pittman,” said Xhelili, a clarinetist. “I couldn’t have done it without his coaching and guidance.”

Xhelili beat out eight other music students for the $500 prize, established by Mina Grossman-Ianni and the School of Music in 2005 to honour the late president of the University of Windsor: marimbist Ethyn Janssen, classical guitarist Mackenzie Beltran, classical pianist Yu-Jin Kwon, euphonium player Savanna Muscat, soprano Jael Hernandez, pop vocalist Madeline Doornaert, and jazz bassist Alex Aideira-Leite.

The students were invited to take part based on their outstanding grades in the December performance juries.

Xhelili performed the “Allegro” movement from the Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by composer Carl Maria Von Weber. He will play all three movements of this concerto with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 1, in Assumption Hall’s Heritage Auditorium. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Find more details and ticket info on the event website.

beekeeper with swarmThe Pollinators tells of bees by the billions making America’s food supply possible.

Documentary creating buzz about farmers’ helpers

Law student organizations are working to secure a screening of a documentary film at Lakeshore Cinemas on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.

The documentary, The Pollinators, explains how honey bees pollinate the flowers that create the fruits, nuts, and vegetables that we all eat, while also warning about threats to the species.

The Windsor Law Student Environmental Law Society and the Windsor Law Animal Justice Association are sponsoring the screening, but 50 tickets must be purchased by Jan. 17 for the show to proceed. Tickets are currently available for registration on the website.

—Dana Roe

Nico Fazio, B.J. Ivanovski, Kyle Drouillard, and Dylan MaitreFinance students from the Odette School of Business celebrate their victory in the Battle on Bay case competition (from left): Nico Fazio, B.J. Ivanovski, Kyle Drouillard, and Dylan Maitre.

Finance students ace case competition

A team from the Odette School of Business has won bragging rights on Bay St. after pitting their finance skills against their peers from across Canada in a competition last week in Toronto.

Kyle Drouillard, Nico Fazio, Dylan Maitre, and B.J. Ivanovski claimed the first title for UWindsor in the 13-year history of the Battle on Bay case competition, hosted by the Ryerson University Finance Society, Jan. 10 and 11.

Teams spent a week considering a target price for the publicly-traded consulting firm Accenture, then travelled to Toronto to present their proposed approaches to a strategic acquisition, before a judging panel of industry professionals. A second round involved a crisis case, with 90 minutes to prepare without internet access.

The Odette team emerged victorious and members will share the $3,000 first-place prize. Ivanovski earned an individual award as best speaker.

“Taking home this win right before graduation feels great,” said Fazio. “We’ve been huge supporters of the Battle on Bay for a while — in fact they served as the inspiration behind the founding of our own case competition.”

Thousands tune in to watch memorial service

A video recording of Friday’s memorial service for five members of the UWindsor community had been watched about 5,000 times by Monday, reports the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

Engineering doctoral students Hamidreza Setareh Kokab, Pedram Jadidi, and Zahra Naghibi, her spouse Mohammad Abbaspour Ghadi, and biology research assistant Samira Bashiri were killed in the Jan. 8 crash of Ukrainian International Airlines’ Flight PS752 shortly after take-off from Tehran.

A service Jan. 10 in the student centre drew hundreds of mourning students, faculty, staff, University and local officials, and was webcast live to family, friends, and colleagues worldwide. The event, which included eulogistic remarks by the faculty advisors and friends of the deceased, was recorded and posted on the YouTube streaming service Friday.

“We knew that these individuals were known and loved by many who were unable to attend our memorial,” said John Coleman, director of public affairs. “We hope that viewers are able to take some comfort in knowing that these losses are keenly felt and will not be forgotten.”

Watch the video, just under an hour and a quarter long:

students giving and receiving adviceReach is an online peer advising program designed to provide academic support to first- and second-year FAHSS students.

Reach out to a peer for academic support

First- and second-year students in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences can get answers to their questions about study skills, time management, campus resources and services, and student life through the Reach peer advising program.

Online sessions run Monday to Friday, 1 to 7 p.m. on the portal at uwindsor.ca/reach. Peers will also respond within 24 hours to messages emailed to reach@uwindsor.ca.