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A fond farewell

Posted in Scott's Current Events Corner on April 21, 2010 by sparkdp

As another year comes to a close, we students part ways once more. We’ve been through the tough times, and the good, but mostly the tough, but I hope it’s the good ones that we remember!

As Bilbo Baggins poignantly states in The Lord of the Rings, “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” Kidding about the last part, but it is unfortunate that through the tempest of work, we sometimes had little time to really get to know each other.

I hope you all keep in touch. Good luck on your practicums; but with such an intelligent, motivated, and creative class, I barely think you’ll need it!

– Scott

Relax your mind

Posted in Scott's Current Events Corner on April 20, 2010 by sparkdp

With finals in our midst, we’re all looking for a break. Here are some quick and easy things to do to find some peace of mind with all the chaos around you:

1. Light a candle. Even this simple act makes your environment a lot less stressful. Try a scented candle for that little something extra!

2. Just breathe. Yes it’s cliche, but focusing on breathing slowly is actually a tactic designed to focus your mind and shut off all those nagging thoughts. If you’re really feeling ambitious, try meditation. Even 10 minutes of meditation can make your day feel less like a zoo and more like a garden.

3. If you’re not into meditation, simple silence can do the trick. Go to a quiet room, turn off all distractions and just let your mind wander for a time.

4. Read a book. Everyone loves to escape into worlds where their problems seem just a little bit farther away. Even a small period of reading (ie: before bedtime) can put your mind at ease.

5. Do something creative. Instead of reading a book, why not paint, draw, or play your musical instrument of choice? Once you get into it, it’s guaranteed to focus you on something other than anxiety.

6. Go for a walk, jog, or run. With the weather as it is, why not? Step away from your troubles and release a few of those feel-good endorphins in the process!

7. Cook up something delicious. Or, if you’re feeling less ambitious, choose that choice comfort food that you can… well, find comfort in. Just don’t overindulge, you don’t want calories and carbs to be another bother on your mind.

8. Think of something you really enjoy doing. Even if it’s between study breaks, break out your favorite video game or spend a few minutes looking at old photographs. It can be a great break that lets you come back to your work feeling more at ease.
Simply put, there’s no end to what you can do to shut your mind off. Relaxation is only a step away!

– Scott

Drinking Do’s and Don’ts

Posted in Scott's Current Events Corner on April 17, 2010 by sparkdp

As our final week is upon us, some of us may be taking time to indulge in mankind’s greatest vice: alcohol. But how do you enjoy an intoxicating night while making sure your next day of studying isn’t ruined by fatigue, nausea, and irritability? Here are some easy tips that will help you avoid that greatest of foes: the hangover.

1) Eat before you drink. No, don’t eat a meal fit for a king – it will just tire you out. Try something small like a chicken breast or a few carrots. As Lisa poignantly stated to me yesterday, a small snack that is rich in protein and low in carbs will maximize your intoxication while lowering your alcohol absorbtion rate. Plus, you won’t be so ravenous when you get home.

2) Stay hydrated. Hangovers are often a result of dehydration, which contributes to muscle pain and headaches. Chase that shot of tequila with a shot of water – your body will thank you for it.

3) Choose light liquor over dark liquor. Vodka and gin contain fewer congeners than red wine and brandy. These congeners contribute to hangovers; generally the less chemicals a drink has, the less vigorous a hangover will be. Here is a list of alcohols in order of decreasing severity: brandy, red wine, rum, whisky, white wine, gin, vodka, and pure ethanol. Also, consuming beverages with alcohol that is less concentrated may be a smart choice (ie: beer).

4) Stick to one type of drink. Variety is not the spice of life in this situation.

5) Know your limits. It only takes that one drink to push you over the edge. Become familiar with your body and how much alcohol it can handle before you become completely obliterated.

6) Finally, be positive. Studies show that individuals who are either guilty, angry, or depressed during and after alcohol consumption generally have worse hangovers.

Happy drinking!

– Scott

Year-End Networking

Posted in Scott's Current Events Corner on April 16, 2010 by sparkdp

Hey guys,
Well as the school year comes to a close, many of you may still feel like dabbling in tangled web of business contacts. If so, then keep this event in mind: It’s a Year-End Networking Event hosted by the Human Resource Management Student Society.

It takes place at the Sutton Place Hotel on Friday, May 7th, from 7 – 10 pm.

Business professionals will be there for you to network with, and Keynote Speaker Violet Poon will also be doing a presentation on… networking!

So if you feel like mingling and getting your name out there to industry professionals, remember that you need to RSVP by April 30th.

Contact hrmss@ymail.com to get your tickets!

– Scott

What’s in a name?

Posted in Scott's Current Events Corner with tags , , , on April 15, 2010 by sparkdp

There’s been a lot of debate at MacEwan regarding what exactly we should call our beloved teachers.

Currently, all teachers are reffered to officially as “instructors”. However, the Academic Governance Council has been looking into establishing naming conventions based on credentials that teachers hold.

These include lecturers, associate professors, and professors. Of course, names are all based on academic and individual achievement, scholarly activity, and service to the school and community.

While the titles may change, there won’t be any other change in responsibility.

What do you guys think? I’m all for it – if I had a Ph. D, I would want to be referred to as “professor” instead of “instructor” – but would it necessarily reflect my knowledge and experience regarding the subject matter?

– Scott

Edmontonian Summer: Something for Everyone

Posted in Scott's Current Events Corner with tags , , on April 14, 2010 by sparkdp

Hello fellow students! For those of us who are going to be in Edmonton for most of the summer, whether working or simply lazing away those carefree (hah!) days, here are a few events to look forward to:

Edmonton International Jazz Festival

June 25 – July 4

Jazz music has that certain “Je ne seis pas”. Whether it’s smoky blues or swing, there’s something in it for everyone. So why not enjoy some of the sights and sounds at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival this July?

http://www.edmontonjazz.com

A Taste of Edmonton

July 23 – Aug. 1

Get your fill of Edmonton’s hottest restaurants, representing a wide variety of cuisines, at A Taste of Edmonton. Or enjoy a wide selection of wine and/or beer in one of the various drinking tents set up. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?

http://www.eventsedmonton.ca

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Aug. 5 – Aug. 8

Everyone looks forward to this annual music festival, which features an astounding array of artists performing in the beautiful Gallagher Park, nestled in the Edmonton river valley.

http://www.efmf.ab.ca

Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

Aug. 12 – Aug. 22

The Edmonton Fringe festival is the largest Fringe Festival in Canada based on ticket sales. If you’re into theatre and the arts, this is definitely a must-attend.

http://www.fringetheatreadventures.ca

So if you’re into music, theatre, alcohol, food, or just having a plain old good time, you have more than something to look forward to this summer!

– Scott

Who needs Oktoberfest?

Posted in Scott's Current Events Corner with tags , on April 14, 2010 by sparkdp

Hey guys,

Well the Edmonton International BeerFest is coming up quickly, and what better date than when most of us are kissing our exams goodbye?

As the poster above notes, it takes place at the Shaw Conference Centre on Friday, April 23rd from 3-10 p.m., and Saturday, April 24th from 4-10.

The event will have over 200 different varities of beer to whet your whistle as well as live music ranging from traditional rock, soulful Blues, and rising alternative bands. If you’re not a fan of live music, Edmonton and Calgary’s hottest DJ’s will also be keeping the party going all night!

You can get your tickets through Ticketmaster for 15$ or buy them at the door for $20. I hear that the event has been sold out for three years in a row, so best to err on the side of caution and get your tickets early.

So consider the BeerFest as a great way to raise a glass (or ten) to another school year gone by!

– Scott