Madcap former Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has been up to his usual tricks while on his summer holidays, reportedly paying a man to drive a scooter into the sea.Balotelli has also had spells with the likes of Inter, AC Milan, Liverpool and Nice, before signing with Marseille during the January 2019 transfer window on a contract until the end of the season.But, despite his clear footballing ability, he more often hits the news for his outlandish off-field stunts, including famously setting his bedroom on fire after setting off fireworks indoors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare And while he may be taking a break from the sport over the summer, his penchant for mischief seemingly never rests. A bar owner in the Naples seaside neighbourhood town of Mergellina revealed that Balotelli promised him €2000 if he would pilot his moped into the water. And the man duly obliged, stripping down to his underwear – while, presumably for safety reasons, keeping his trainers on – and speeding off the quayside and into the Bay of Naples. “My moped was only worth €600 anyway,” he later told reporters as he celebrated a quick profit off the football star, who held up his side of the bargain and paid out. Balotelli also shared the video on his Instagram page, attracting laughs and criticisms alike for the stunt. But, perhaps most incredibly, he also shared footage of the moped being fished out of the water – and still in working condition!While he frolics on the coast, the much-travelled striker is likely to be making yet another move before the summer transfer window comes to a close. Parma are one team that have been linked with his services, with the club confirming their interest after missing out on Daniele De Rossi. “Balotelli is someone we like, and so do many other teams,” Parma director Daniele Faggiano stated in an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss last week.”We’re looking at a lot of strikers, but it’s not easy.”Whether the Serie A side or indeed any other potential suitors will look favourably upon Super Mario’s famous pranks, of course, is another story entirely as he looks to fix himself up with a club for next season.
Three of the six Waterloo-Wellington Brock Alumni Network committee members gather at the Huether Hotel for a social with fellow grads. From L-R: Ted Soepboer, Melissa Campion and Amaris Gerson.With Brock alumni living all over the world, regional alumni networks are a way for graduates to stay connected to the University, regardless of distance. Networks are divided by geographical location or ‘affinity group’ (based on like-minded experiences or academic programs) and provide alumni with an opportunity to maintain connection with Brock from afar and socialize with local alumni.In Ontario alone, there are five networks, including the up and coming Waterloo-Wellington Network. With close to 2,500 Brock grads living and working in the Waterloo-Wellington area, six alumni have come together to form a committee to organize and execute alumni events in their area.Marty Fraser (BBA ’94), Don Critelli (BAdmin ’78), Melissa Campion (BA ’06), Sara Glover (BA ’09), Ted Soepboer (BBA ’08; MBA ‘10) and Amaris Gerson (BRLS ’08) form the Waterloo-Wellington alumni network committee, and are actively working to deliver three events per year.“Our committee represents the broad range of disciplines and perspectives that Waterloo-Wellington is comprised of. Everyone brings their own skill-set to the table and is genuinely excited to be a committee member” said Ted, a financial analyst with Miovision Technologies in Kitchener.Many members of the current committee found themselves joining after attending an event. For both Ted and Marty, the structured tasting of Niagara wines at the Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener was what bolstered their interest in a network. This sold out event was hosted by Allie Hughes (BA ’09) and brought many graduates out to their first alumni event!Others decided to join a Network committee as a way to continue volunteering and giving back to Brock – which Melissa says is her ‘other side of the brain.’ Melissa, an event coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Cambridge has truly taken her commitment to Brock to another level, volunteering on both the Waterloo-Wellington and Niagara alumni network committees as she splits her time between both regions.To date, the committee has planned two events: a social mixer and pool night at the Huether Hotel in Uptown Waterloo, and an upcoming professional development workshop at Bingemans in Kitchener. On Wednesday, October 30, Waterloo-Wellington alumni will be treated to a career development presentation, a networking reception, and a variety of appetizers at this newly renovated venue. To purchase your $15 ticket for this event, register online.If you are interested in getting involved in any Brock alumni network committee across Canada, or would like to start a new one that currently does not exist, please contact Emily Hutton at firstname.lastname@example.org