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2014Feb 5

Tony Lee Puts on a Memorable Show!

Tony Lee On Stage

Tony Lee On Stage

On Saturday, January 18th, SPAD Council welcomed world renowned hypnotist, Tony Lee to Laurentian University. The show took place at the Fraser Auditorium and was attended by nearly 400 students! The night got underway with an opening stand-up comedy set by former council President, Scott Rodgers. Up next was a local Laurentian band called “Gino and the Jesters”. They rocked the stage for a 40 minute set, consisting of many popular cover songs, and some original tunes as well.

Tony Lee was next to grace the stage, and he did not disappoint! A dozen students were hypnotized and gave the audience some good laughs throughout the night. It’s safe to say many were probably very embarrassed after they realized what they had done! A ton of credit goes to second year representative, Evan Kwan, for coordinating the evening, and getting Tony Lee up here in Sudbury!

This is the third time Tony Lee has collaborated with SPAD council to bring his show up north. For those unaware, Tony Lee has sold out over 6,000 worldwide, and is known as the “crudest and most talked about hypnotist in the UK, US, and Canada”. A big thank you to Tony for supporting the program, and delivering another hilarious show! We hope to see him again next year!

Closer View of the Main Stage

Closer View of the Main Stage

For those who may have missed the event, here is a taste of the atmosphere inside the Fraser Auditorium:

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2013Dec 24

Happy Holidays from the @LU_SPAD Blog Team

SPADindexNow that exams are finished, students have traveled home and are with their families for the holiday break. We, the SPAD Blog team, wanted to take a minute and reflect on the past year, look forward to the future and wish everyone a fun and relaxing winter break.

Over the past SPAD students have achieved some incredible accomplishments and the program has grown as a whole. Since January 1st, 2013 the following events have taken place within the SPAD family (all of which you can read about on the Blog):


2013Dec 13

@LU_SPAD Student Athlete Profile: Cam Brooks


Cam Brooks, our very own OUA All-Star in action.

Cam Brooks, 4th year SPAD student and 4th year defense for the Varsity Men’s Soccer team, completed a four month summer internship with XMC Sports and Entertainment from May to August of this year. He then returned to Laurentian for his 4th and final SPAD year and his 4th season as an key contributor to the Men’s Soccer team. He recently talked to us about the Roller Coaster that was his 4th season with the team and his academic aspirations surrounding his final year in SPAD.

Q: First off Cam, congratulations on what is an incredible accomplishment, a 4-time OUA All-Star in as many years. Tells us a bit about the season through your eyes?

CB: Thanks Cam, it was a big honour to be named a first team all-star again this year. It was nice to be rewarded for the hard work that I put in and the excellence that I strive for every single day and in all facets of my life, academically and athletically.


2013Dec 3

@LU_SPAD Frosh Scavenger Hunt

On November 24th, SPAD Council hosted the annual Frosh Scavenger Hunt. The event, much like every year, signifies the end of Dr. Pegoraro’s first year Colloquia class. The scavenger hunt is always a great way to bring the frosh class together, and test their SPAD knowledge!

The class was divided into 10 groups, with each team being assigned to a council member. Given the size of this year’s frosh class, Russ Lavis was needed to fill in as the final the group leader. A draft was held to determine each team. Council President, Sean Meyers, did a great job of finding embarrassing Facebook photos for the draft slideshow; no frosh or council member was safe!

The scavenger hunt is a test based on what the frosh class has learned in their first three months at Laurentian. The list features a number of questions and challenges, which requires each student to think on their feet. Many of the questions are based on general SPAD trivia, putting the frosh’s knowledge of SPAD history to the test. The class was even tested on how well they knew the SPAD council members, and their hometowns! Some challenges also required groups to find some of Laurentian’s most notable landmarks, such as the Ghandi statue outside of the library. Other challenges were slightly more complicated, and had higher point values because of it.


2013Nov 29

The 39th Annual @LU_SPAD Hockey Tournament

SPAD HOCKEY #2One of the most exciting times of the year is finally back upon us. The 39th Annual SPAD Hockey Tournament is finally back! The tournament will be taking place on January 22nd-24th at Countryside Arena, Home of the Voyageurs hockey teams. It is the one time of year that students can relive the glory days of their young playing days, bringing together both the competitive atmosphere of a hockey tournament along with the social atmosphere of a SPAD event. The combination of these two event creates and unbelievable experience.

The tournament will offer teams three round robin games plus the potential of playoffs. Two divisions will be offered, with both a competitive and mixed division being run out of the Countryside arena. Registration will be taking place from this week until the 15th of December at an early bird price of $900 dollars per team, and until January 10th at a regular pricing of $1000 dollars per team. Come down to the Great Hall on Mondays/Wednesdays from 11-4pm and Tuesday/Thursday from 1-4pm. Members of the organizing committee will be there, happy to answer any questions you may have and take registrations from teams who are prepared to sign up. Get your teams in quick as the early bird pricing only lasts until December 15th!

Check out the video from last year:

If you would like any more information on the 39th Annual SPAD Hockey Tournament, please visit the event at, on Facebook, or on Twitter. Hope to see everyone at the tournament!

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2013Nov 27

@LU_SPAD Event: The SGA GC Party!

222On Sunday November 24th, third year SPAD students ran their event, The SGA GC Party! The event included the viewing of the 101st Grey Cup between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The event also included a football themed menu, beverages, games, and trivia to keep all of those who attended entertained throughout the night. It was hosted at the Alumni Hall in the Fraser Building and the event ran from 5:30pm-10:30pm. Everyone in attendance had a very enjoyable evening.

The main event of the evening, the viewing of the 101st Grey Cup, ended in triumph for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and utter dismay for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. After a relatively uneventful first quarter ending in a 7-3 score in favour if the Roughriders, a second quarter scoring outburst took place. The Roughriders put up 24 points in the second quarter allowing only 3 points by the Tiger-Cats. In the third quarter the Ti-Cats put up 7 points and were able to hold Saskatchewan out of the end zone for the entire quarter. Finally, the fourth quarter saw 14 points by the Roughriders and 10 points by the Ti-Cats, ending the game in a 45-23 blowout by the Saskatchewan Roughriders over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Feel good story of the game was the running back for Saskatchewan, Kory Sheets, rushed for a record-breaking 197 yards over the course if the game and was awarded the MVP award of the Grey Cup.


2013Nov 26

@LU_SPAD Students Enjoy a Night Out at the Subway Super Series

268On Monday November 25th, 2013, a group of SPAD students attended the Subway Super Series, which for the first time was taking place in Sudbury, Ontario. The Subway Super Series is a series of hockey games taking place between Russian junior players and players representing the three leagues of the CHL; the OHL, the WHL and the QMJHL. The game on the Monday was the 4th game in this years series, and the 2nd game of this years series between Russia and the OHL all-stars.

After the Russian’s took the first match-up between these two teams 5-2 in Oshawa on November 21st, team OHL wanted to even the series in Sudbury. Before a crowd of nearly 4,900 people, including a big section of SPAD students, Russia stole the game with a final score of 3-2 in a shootout. Russia jumped out to a big 2-0 lead after the first period even though team OHL out shot the Russian team 18-5. In the 2nd, the OHL stormed back to tie up the game 2-2. Goals came from the London Knights’ Bo Horvat and the Niagra IceDogs’ Chris Verhaeghe. After both teams were shut out for the remainder of the 2nd, the 3rd and overtime, the teams were forced to end the game in a shootout. After both teams traded goals, the goalies both put on a show before a Russian goal in the 8th round finished the game.


2013Nov 19

@LU_SPAD Students Visit Montreal for #JMSM13

1460986_602893196438239_1953918669_nOn November 7th, over 50 SPAD students made their way down to Montreal for the 18th annual John Molson Sports Marketing Conference hosted by Concordia University. The conference features a number of themed speaker panels consisting of high-profile industry leaders. Moreover, the conference is the largest student organized business conference in Canada! Students gain a great deal of insight from these panels. Here are some highlights from the weekend.

Panel 1 – Under The Microscope

Moderator- Sunny Pathak, Founder of SOS Media


  • Ned Colletti, GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Pierre Boivin, Former President of the Montreal Canadiens
  • Chris Wallace, General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies
  • Greg Campbell, Former President of the Memphis Grizzlies and SPAD Alumni

The main theme of the panel was decision-making under intense scrutiny. Each speaker spoke about personal experience where they have had to make big decisions in high-pressure situations. A big theme during the discussion was the issue of ownership changes and relocation. Each speaker spoke about the importance of communication and keeping  a consistent organizational culture during a time of change. Wallace and Campbell spoke specifically about the Vancouver to Memphis relocation involving the Grizzlies, and how the organization had a three-year goal of rooting the team within the community. They mentioned the importance of a unified identity during a time of change. Furthermore, Boivin and Colletti spoke about the importance of focusing on winning in big sports markets such as Los Angeles and Montreal. Fans in these type of markets generally don’t have the patience for a rebuild.

The panelists also offered a great deal of advice for students trying to get into the sports industry. Colletti had this to share with the audience: “Stay focused on what your job is, and do it to the best of your ability every day”. Moreover, Boivin added: “Keep your nose to the grind, be good at what you do, and don’t worry about 3 or 4 levels above you.”

The panel was very informative and gave students a wide variety of perspectives in regards to decision-making. Everyone in attendance definitely benefited from the knowledge gained.


2013Oct 26

A Frosh Perspective – Part 2

By SPAD Blog Contributor Matt Sallows

First year student Matt Sallows has agreed to be part of a SPAD Blog series which will be documenting his first year experiences. Here is the second entry, in his own words:

Frosh Team at the SGA Cup

Frosh Team at the SGA Cup

As I sit down to write this, it is hard to believe that Halloween is just around the corner and that means we are already two months into the school year, with only six to go. With October nearing its end, I find myself looking back and appreciating the program I have chosen even more. I’m also appreciative of all the amazing people I’ve met thus far. October is a crazy busy month for SPAD frosh. We experienced our first “SPAD Event” (the SGA Cup), First Year Council Representative Elections, and the daunting and dreadful time known as midterm season! We made it through it all and we did it together because we are a family; a family that we have come to love already.

October started off fast and furious. As most of us frosh have now become accustomed to life away from home, we can now start to fully participate and appreciate all that Laurentian has to offer. Let’s start with the flag football tournament known as the SGA cup. A team organized and captained by yours truly, led a team of high-flying SPAD frosh against the best Laurentian had to offer. Our first challenge, the round robin, where our team came out firing, rolling over all three teams we faced. The team was amazing and I was impressed with the level of commitment, effort and heart that could have only come from a family, a SPAD family. Unfortunately for us, our strategy became too predictable and our walk of fame was short-lived and we were defeated in the playoffs. Not to worry, we are already working on our game plan for next year. We will be back!


2013Oct 12

SPAD Wear is Back!

UAimagesOne of the most exciting times of the year is finally back! The SPAD student council is happy to announce that Under Armour will be the 2013-2014 supplier of SPAD Wear. This years SPAD Wear promises to offer great quality products that members of this program can be proud to wear.

This years SPAD Wear is offering many items to be purchased. The items offered include: two types of T-Shirts, hats, shorts, golf shirts, hoodies, sweater jackets, sweat pants, and a track suit. SPAD Wear will offer women’s and men’s options.

SPAD Wear is a great way to represent yourself and the program you love. If you are hanging out with friends and family, in class, at other academic events, working on an internship or in the sports industry, this gear is a reminder of where you have come from and the family you have gained through this program.

If you have any questions at all or  just want to find out more about SPAD Wear and the order process this year, please feel free to contact either SPAD Student Council President Sean Meyers at, or Social Convenor Cam Baker at