Starting Your Own Dragon Hoard

Making your own origami dragons. For when you want to be the mother of dragons but quite frankly just don't have the motivation or blood magic to do so.

1.Take a square sheet of paper- preferably origami paper but really if we were in the position to be picky we wouldn't be fiddling with paper to start our hoard in the first place.

Fold said sheet of paper in half both ways unfolding after each side, and folding in half both sides diagonally.

2. Hold your paper at a diamond perspective and start to fold both sides in. Then flatten the top of the peak shape that has formed and it should hopefully make a diamond shape.

3 fold each side of the diamond into the center crease. Do this on both sides and then unfold them.

4. Open up the top flap of the diamond and fold the sides in, then fold the flap down. Do this with the other side.

5. Taking the top flap of each side fold them up and then to each side.

Fold the top flap in on itself to make a wing. And fold it to either side. Do this on both sides.

6. Now pick either side that isn't the wings to be the head and the tail. For both of these you might want to make them slimmer by folding each side of the head or tail into the crease.

You can then fold it upwards.

7. Tail: For the tail you can curl it (if you'd like)

Head: For the head you fold the point at a 90 degree angle and snip off the sharp point to make a squarer mouth.

8. Last but not least take the wings and fold them up at an angle so they point towards the tail.

And if any of that made sense then there you have it! Your very own dragon!

The Minions Behind The Crown: Best Armies 

So you’re aspiring to be the next ruler of The Iron Throne, eh? Well, in that case chances are you won’t be the one actually running around with a sword in your hand, and while you can handle the diplomatic talks someone is going to have to handle the fighting. So, what’s really the best army around? For your consideration this article will present the pros and cons of two polarized types of warriors: the classic living human, or the edgy undead. 

Pros of a human army: 

  1. Won’t lose limbs. 

  2. Aren’t animated by a power you don’t understand. 

  3. You don’t have to constantly worry about standing upwind from them. 

Pros of a zombie army: 

  1. Edgy. 

  2. No rations needed, quick way to save on the grocery bill. 

  3. If they get stabbed, they won’t actually die. Quick way to save on your doctor’s bill. 

Now for the downsides of the two. 

Human army: 

  1. They need constant looking after. Like food and water. Some medical attention.

  2. Might revolt due to their possession of a functioning mind and will. 

  3. Monetary compensation will be expected. While some way believe in your claim to the throne, others are just there to pay the bills. 

Zombie army: 

  1. Might try to eat you. 

  2. Highly flammable. No torches, campfires, or particularly hot weather allowed. 

  3. Poor conversation skills. All those dramatic and inspiring speeches you’ve prepared are going to go over their heads. 

So really, it’s a personal preference. Humans are tried and true, and (while sure there’s an entire organization and giant wall dedicated to keeping zombies out) undead are an effective option. Of course, additional considerations should be given such as to the end result of your enterprise. Humans will settle down relatively quickly once they’ve been paid, and you’ll have a loyal guard prepared. Undead on the other hand might try to eat the citizens of your new kingdom. 

Good luck with your campaign either way!

What House Are You?

Ever wondered which of the seven great houses of Westeros you’d belong to? Well, this guide is here to help place you in your twisted version of your Hogwarts house. The guide will describe the characteristics of each of the houses, the one that is closest to describing you is your match! 

House Stark: Honor, honor, with a light sprinkling of honor. This house has an obsession with the weather and a tendency to look on the dark side of life! These half frozen people are a good choice for those with a pessimistic outlook and notoriously bad luck. 

House Targaryen: Never gotten over your dragon phase? Do you have dubious mental state leaning toward insanity? Is entitled and arrogant two phrases used to describe you? If yes, this house might just be the right fit for you. 

House Greyjoy: Are you a terrible person with a love for the sea?

House Martell: This house may no longer exist but that doesn’t mean their ideals don’t! Are you just trying your best in a world on fire? Brave and foolhardy this house is not for the faint of heart. 

House Lannister: Ambitious, deceptive, with a particularly disturbing means of displaying affection for their siblings. This house is particularity determined in their goals, with morals often not being a concern of theirs. 

House Tyrell: Good at political games with an added dedication to the aesthetic, this house plays like a Lannister with the goals of a Martell. 

House Baratheon: Terrible at politics, leading, possessing little to no charisma, yet possessing an impressive talent for hitting things. This house is essentially the jocks of Westeros. 

Self Sacrifice For Dummies

For this article we will be addressing the ever present need for self-sacrifice. Figures far and wide in Westeros have both mastered and failed at this important trope, so here’s a guide on how to make the most of your final flailing.

  1. Don’t be Ned Stark. When sacrificing oneself- do not place your faith in a preteen King with psychotic tendencies. 

  2. Remember, it’s only self-sacrifice if you’re sacrificing yourself, siblings, loyal allies, and random citizens don’t count. 

  3. Had a moment of foresight and saw your moment of sacrifice? Devote your life to your predestined duty of dutiful death. Can’t forget if you only remember it.  

  4. Guarding the lives of various political figures is a sure way to die. It’s the classic way to get that self-sacrificial role, they’ll leave you behind to flee from danger or send you into a hopeless battle and boom- you’re dead. 

Now for the dramatics. Sure, it’s noble and everything no one is debating that. However, there’s no reason one can’t go out without a little bit of flair. Sarcastic and witty commentary is always a good fall back for those more rogue individuals, or maybe stoic silence in the face of adversity. Dramatic monologues are valid, a little overdone but it’s your moment so go ahead and curse the name of your enemy in whatever deity’s name or share a moment of moral insight. More physical expressions of defiance would include: 

  1. Spitting in the face of your enemy. Gross but effective. 

  2. Flip them off, give them the bird. Let your nonverbal gestures do the talking for you. No worries of misinterpretation here. 

  3. Start dancing. Comedic relief is important. 

  4. Laugh- destroy your adversaries moral. 

Remember though, while this is a brief guide of self-sacrifice “For Dummies” this is an activity that should only be taken on by professionals or those plot relevant. Those individuals include: Members of a royal family outcast or otherwise, those close to a royal figure, those employed by someone with aspirations of royalty.

Happy sacrificing! 

How To Win A Melee Tournament

When a special occasion arises such as a wedding, name-day, or Honour ceremony, one can only expect to be invited to a tourney.

A tourney or tournament is a celebratory event typically hosted by noble houses, in which several competitive contests are held such as: Jousting, Archery, Axe Throwing, Horse Racing, or a Melee.

A Melee is a competition with two or more men using swords, axes or maces to engage in combat. The goal of this competition is to knock the opponent over and be the last person or team standing, while trying your best to avoid accidentally decapitating your opponent (which is frowned upon in this particular circumstance).

So which is the best weapon to accomplish this task? Certainly not a sword, in which accidental evisceration can occur, maybe an axe though the same could be said for it. My personal choice would be a mace.

Maces come in many different shapes and sizes, and can come with different knobs or flanges on the top part of the weapon. There is such thing as two handed maces!

Now imagine being in combat with a sturdy long bodied mace set to stun. What is the best way to take the opponent down from here? With many options to choose from here are a few: 

  • Closing ones eyes ad swing wildly using the strength and ambition of a person who’s had one too many drinks and not early enough bread to counteract it?

  • Standing still until your opponent is close and startling them with a sudden high pitched scream proceeding to attack while they’re confused and disoriented. 

  • Making an actual plan of attack, assuming you will be partaking in a group battle with your fellow army men. Taking the strongest opponents out first and finishing with the weakest links that are left last on the field of battle with no support to save them.

What ever strategy or lack there of you choose. It is sure to be a battle of drunk laughter, merriment and cheers from the crowd. Not to mention the ache of regret the next morning when that post tourney hangover sets in.

Becoming A Mother Of Dragons

So you want to become a mother to your own army of powerful dragons?

Excellent! Dragons are wonderful creatures, powerful and fearsome and overall loyal to their parents.

To become a mother to Dragons there are some crucial steps you must follow.

  • First you must find some eggs to make your own. Using Danaerys as our direct and awesome example, one might receive them as a wedding gift. Great! An easy no muss no fuss kinda situation.

  • Next is to keep your eggs warm and hatch them, this also includes some blood magic. Hatching your new dragon egg will mean taking the life of another on a pyre and getting in and out of the flames unscathed. Simple really.

  • Once your dragons have been successfully warmed and hatched, and have imprinted on you like ducklings to whatever might be standing nearest to them at the time. It is then necessary to feed them. Your dragons will require livestock and a lot of it. I suggest making really good friends with a shepherd.

  • Although dragons can't be domesticated, they can be persuaded into following commands much like a dog. If you can train a dog why not a dragon? Dragons can and will respond to voice commands if given the time and patience to allow them to learn. If all else fails, earn the dragons trust and affection by bribing them. Much like a cat. 

  • By following these easy steps laid out by the true Mother of dragons Danaerys Targaryen then you too can become a mother of dragons or an off brand kahleesi.

Sexual Education On Campus: An Update

In September I had written an article about the outdated, and mostly lack of sexual education posters around campus and while the outdated poster about Chlamydia is still on the bathroom stall doors, there has been a response from student services.

After the article had come out, Katie Gross; Dean of Students took notice and shortly after reached out to SERC (Sexual Education Resource Center) here in Brandon. Due to staff changes there was a delay but eventually SERC was able to provide the university with some new posters for the campus pertaining to sexual health. There are plans to continue adding more new posters to the campus in order to educate students or to give them information they need. Mrs. Gross also pointed out that the Peer Wellness Coordinators of Brandon University are the ones to put up the posters in places other students can access them, and both she and I thank them for their help.  

There is also the hope that student services will be able to reach out to the public health authority, who have no affiliation with the university, to possibly have a public health nurse provide office hours on campus. Another possibility is to have workshops set up in the same way that students have workshops for test anxiety and stress. If it can be set up, then sexual education and resources could be a workshop available in the new September semester.

As I was speaking to Mrs. Gross, I asked what students could do in the meantime. There are a number of places that students can reach out to. First are of course student services where students can make appointments with one of two student counselors, and if any issues related to sexual health come up then the counsellor can refer the student to Prairie Mountain Health or suggest going to see their family doctor. Secondly, students can go to a professor that they trust who can then help mentor them in a direction that will be helpful. A third option is to go directly to the SERC office here in Brandon.

Sexual education and health are an important part of university wellness and the fact that there is more information being placed around campus and acts of change for sexual education are happening over time; is a good development of knowledge students can obtain. 

Do not be afraid to ask questions.

Mastering The Art Of Losing

We all know the feeling we get when we are so close to winning that sport, completely acing a test, when we have been grinding away for hours on some craft only to in the end mess up or fall just too short of the goal. It makes us feel angry, stupid, maybe even like a worthless pile of trash. You start thinking to yourself maybe I am dumb, maybe I am weak and lazy. Maybe I am inferior. 

Perhaps these things are true, but the problem is our attitude towards mistakes and failures. Some readers will start immediately thinking I am just going to say we need to learn from our mistakes and see them as learning opportunities, or some cheap cliché like that. Actually, I think that is also not a good attitude either. These moments should be seen just as you see something as a success. Some winners are the greatest losers of all time, and some losers are the greatest winners of all time.

 What do I mean by this? I am not saying exactly that you have to lose many times to become a winner, although I will return to this later. I am saying winning is easier than losing. To win everything with no mistakes or inaccuracies is much easier than doing everything incorrectly and failing every time. Think about it this way. Let’s say you were playing a sport like basketball, and you won made every shot you took. How hard would that be? Seems impossible right? Well compare making every shot to missing every shot even though you have been practicing everyday for ten hours. How hard would it be to keep playing basketball after that? How hard would it be to keep playing if you just won 1st? Making every shot doesn’t look so hard now does it? 

Winning is easier because it reinforces the behaviour to keep playing. Losing reinforces the behaviour to stop playing. It’s harder to keep playing the game when you are losing. There is a metaphor in there. The real winners are those who keep playing the game when their minds and other people are telling them to stop playing. I quite would like to see an incredibly successful person mess up so badly that they what to quit, and I want to see them dance out of that rabbit hole. 

This is why some of the greatest champions are losers. They are champions because they lost so many times and kept on going, they kept on playing the game. And the greatest losers are those who stopped playing on. The hero is always born in the darkest part of the journey never the brightest part. 

If you are thinking, “well what if person A is better than person B in everyway, then what is the point of person B?” Asking this question will forever make you feel trapped. The burden of proof is on the wrong side. A better question is: if person A is better than person B in everyway, then what is the point of person A? Answer, the purpose of winners is to get losers to keep playing on. To inspire people to keep on moving forward. If everyone wins then nobody plays. Why do you think nobody plays tick tack-toe-anymore? Conclusively, don’t look at champions as those who were successful, look at champions as those who didn’t quit. 

N. Monk the Unofficial Philosopher

Wearing Green This Holiday

Time to scramble through your closet looking for something green to wear in honour of St. Patricks Day. But what to do if you find you have nothing green to wear? 

You could ask your friends to borrow something to wear, use some food dye or permanent marker to wreak havoc on some poor white article in your closet, or dart over to a thrift store to grab a shirt. If none of these are working, here’s a more daring alternative: body paint in the nude. 

Grab some body paint and go wild. Then, as a means to both celebrate the warming weather whilst simultaneously acknowledging that this is in fact Manitoba and the bar for warmer weather is pretty low, do a mad dash in all your green-nudist-mildly-inebriated glory. I’d recommend some sort of undergarments of course, less out of concern for the individual partaking in this particular event as they will be having more pressing problems shortly, but rather to spare the eyes of those unfortunate enough to witness this newfound all-natural tradition. 

And who says you have to stop at body paint? Toss some glitter in there, green streamers to attach to your nipples, a cape, a hat, maybe even a mask to cover up your face so your parents don’t end up realizing that studying isn’t the only thing you’re doing at university. 

Partake in some of the spirits of the holiday (ex. Whiskey, and more whisky? Some Lucky Charms maybe. Whisky and Lucky Charms smoothie? Who cares, you’re streaking on a religious holiday God holds no power here.) as a means to gain motivation and liquid courage. Grab a friend and make it a group activity. Whatever your decision, don’t forget to wear green this St. Patty’s Day!

Cheating The System

While advice for amassing your own pot of gold to hide away is sadly beyond reach (unless chocolate gold coins count), in the spirit of this gold encased holiday let’s talk about taking advantage of holiday themed treats. 

Each holiday retailers are frantic to get consumers to spend hard earned cash or digital funds on seasonal themed goods. For instance, Valentine’s Day had chocolate ranging up and down the aisle in cute little hearts, affection is bought after all, then the next day they place all of it on sale. Within days of that Easter takes over the scene with the occasional nod to the in between holidays like St. Patty’s Day. 

So take advantage of this weakness in the system. Wait a day after the holiday- don’t fall for those fake day before sales, wait for those desperate clear-out sales that’ll give you the most bang for your buck. Think, if you wait a mere day after the fact it’s like boxing day for every minor seasonal money grab. 


Expensive stuffed toys? Fancy and financially straining treats!?!? Seize the means of production and make it yourself! Grab a pre-made brownie mix and add extra chocolate, search the ground for dropped treats. Pinch those pennies till they’ve made like coal and turned to diamonds. 

All the leprechaun does is run around one day of the year and chill at the end of the rainbow with his pot of gold- and you too can have this means of financial fulfillment. Hoard up that money in a stray cooking pot or classic money jar and watch the money grow until you’re set up to flee into the wilds and live at the end of rainbows. 

St. Patrick's Day Beverages

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner! The time of year that everyone wears green and consumes a large amount of Irish alcoholic beverages. A time of year that everyone goes leprechaun hunting and speaks in a classic Irish accent. It comes every year, on March 17th, and every year it provides people with a sense of joy and a variety of activities to do. One of these activities involves St. Patrick's Day drinks. Although the Irish cultural and religious holiday is often associated with alcoholic beverages there are a variety of unique and tasty drinks to enjoy in the dead of March that do not contain alcohol. Below are two recipes that are a great fit for the day dedicated to Saint Patrick.

First up is the Shamrock Smoothie. Everyone loves a good smoothie and a green smoothie is even better! It looks healthy, is healthy and tastes delicious. It is also incredibly easy to make. All it requires are a few ingredients and a blender. In a matter of minutes you'll have a full, fresh and tasty glass of a St. Patrick's Day Smoothie. The ingredients are as follows. 

St. Paddy’s Day Shamrock Smoothie

1 banana

1/4 of an avocado

1/2 c. full fat coconut milk

1-2 drops of peppermint extract

1/4tsp. vanilla

1 handful of spinach

First, cut up the banana and avocado into little chunks. Then combine the fruit and the 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk in a blender. Add the few drops of peppermint extract, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and a handful of spinach. Blend on high until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and enjoy! 

Another recipe that is a must around St. Patrick's Day is the Shamrock Shake. Indeed, we all know the signature Shamrock Shake from McDonalds. However, sometimes it’s more convenient, and healthier to say the least, to make it yourself. The Shamrock Shake is easy to make, only requiring a handful of ingredients and ten minutes to prepare. It’s perfect for a student who doesn't have a lot of time but still wants to enjoy the Irish holiday. Ingredients for the Shamrock Shake are as follows. 

Shamrock Shakes

2 cups of vanilla ice cream 

1 1/4 cups of 2% milk

1 teaspoon of mint extract

9 droplets of green food colouring

2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup 

2 tablespoons of whipped cream 

To start combine the ice cream, milk and mint extract in a blender. Then, proceed to add the green food colouring and blend the mixture until smooth. Drizzle the chocolate syrup into a tall glass and then pour some of the mixture into the glass. Top with the whipped cream and enjoy!

These two classic St. Patrick's Day recipes are just a few of the delightful beverages to enjoy in the month of March. It may not be St. Patrick's Day yet but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a refreshing Shamrock Smoothie or dive into a chilling Shamrock Shake. 

St. Patrick’s Day Baking

It’s almost that time of year again. St. Patrick's Day is not to far away, which presents a perfect opportunity for firing up the old oven for some classic holiday baking. When most people think of holiday baking they usually resort to thoughts of Christmas, which is understandable. However, St. Patrick's Day can be filled with just as many cookies and cakes as when Santa Claus comes to town. There are loads and loads of recipes dedicated to the classic and iconic Irish holiday. Below are two of my favourite recipes to use every time March 17th rolls around. 

First up is a delicious and devilish brownie recipe. Luck of the Irish brownies are easy to make and taste fantastic. Not to mention they go incredibly well with any of the classic Irish alcoholic beverages. They don't take that long to prepare and can provide you with enough snacks for days. Perfect for a late night bite or a study snack! Ingredients are as follows.

Luck of the Irish Brownies


4 squares of unsweetened chocolate

1 cup of softened margarine

2 cups of white sugar

3 eggs

4 teaspoons of vanilla extract 

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of butter

4 cups of confectioners' sugar

1 tablespoon of milk 

2 teaspoons of peppermint extract 

Green food colouring 


1 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

6 tablespoons of melted butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

To start preheat your oven to 350F and prepare a 9x13 pan. Then proceed to melt the unsweetened chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Transfer the chocolate to a large bowl and begin to mix the margarine and white sugar in. Once the mixture is well blended beat each of the three eggs into the large bowl then add the vanilla extract. Stir in the cup of flour and mix well. Then pour the mixture into the bottom of the pan. 

Bake the mixture in the oven for 20-25 minutes then allow it to cool. Beat the 1/2 cup of butter and the confectioners' sugar together in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Gradually add in the milk along with the peppermint extract and drops of green food colouring. Once this is well blended pour it over the original mixture in the 9x13 pan. Refrigerate the brownies for half an hour. Once this is complete proceed to make the topping. In a medium sized bowl melt the chocolate chips and butter in the microwave. Following this stir in the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then proceed to pour the topping mixture over the brownies. Once cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

Another recipe that is popular around St. Patrick's Day is Irish Potatoes. Ireland is often associated with potatoes so it comes at no surprise that such a prominent Irish holiday would have recipes dedicated to the iconic staple. However, this recipe is actually not for potatoes but rather cookies that look like potatoes! That way, you can enjoy a delicious treat while celebrating a symbol of Irish cuisine. Ingredients are as follows.

Irish Potatoes

1 cup of confectioners' sugar

1 cup of shredded coconut 

1 tablespoon of cream

2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon 

To begin, sprinkle the sugar on the shredded coconut in a large mixing bowl. Then add the cream and blend together. If needed, you can add another couple teaspoons of cream until the mixture forms into a dough. Following this take approximately half a tablespoon and roll the dough into balls. Proceed to place the ground cinnamon into a plastic bag and add the balls of dough. Shake well until the balls are completely covered. Once this is done, the Irish potatoes are ready to go!

These two iconic St. Patrick's Day recipes are a must every time the Irish holiday rolls around. Both are easy to make and can last for days! Although it’s still cold outside on St. Patrick's Day, you can keep warm by firing up the oven and baking these delicious delicacies. Most of us can't jump on a plane and go to Ireland to celebrate March 17th but with these recipes it will feel like you’re already in the plains of Ireland. 

Robbing Leprechauns: Better Alternatives

Tis the season for rumoured sightings of little bearded men running around bearing the secrets of eternal wealth. The misty rainbow takes on a different meaning as resting at its end is a pot of gold. However, while such a possibility is tempting- those broke student jokes and failing economy references aren’t just witty one liners- robbing a mystical teeny tiny guy who has made the location of his life savings very obvious doesn’t read as a wise idea. Sure, maybe he’s just really really bad at this whole secret business, maybe he’s never actually moved his very public secret stash during the time since he’s become a popular figure. Or maybe a trap is the only thing at the end of this particular rainbow, maybe a pot of chocolate gold pieces awaits you that while delicious has little bearing on your current financial prospects. So, if taking a risk on a dubious rumour isn’t appealing, consider some other forms of theft to line your pockets with funds.

The ol’ classic bank robbery. Mind you this isn’t the wild west and security camera’s are a thing, along with an array of law enforcement, and security has really advanced in the last few decades, but if you’re ambitious don’t let a pesky little thing like self preservation stop you. 

Similar to the leprechaun and a little closer to home, consider your older relatives who don’t trust banks! You don’t have to get past the security of a bank and risk the daunting legal repercussions, just a complete and utter betrayal of trust! If you can live with the emotional turmoil you’re set. 

Start up a fraud gofundme page. If you’re inclined to creative writing this one could really be promising- let your creativity run as you come up with a persuasive means to get into both people’s hearts and pocket books. 

If you live with a roommate, try selling some of their stuff! Just be careful in regards to pacing, they might believe they misplaced some things but if their entire worldly possessions go missing it’s a little more challenging. 

Good luck on your new hobby! And please keep in mind that this article doesn’t actually offer any professional advice or condone these financial tips.


Every first and third Wednesday of the month, Lady of the Lake hosts two classes instructed by Kadampa Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Rigden from the Kadampa Mediation Centre in Winnipeg. Gen Rigden has been sharing the knowledge of Buddhism for over 16 years in Ontario and the Caribbean. 

These drop-in classes are designed for both beginners and experienced meditators to develop a peaceful and calm mind through the meditation and teachings of Buddhism. Simply Mediate is offered from 3 to 4pm and offers instruction in the basics of mediation practice. The class includes two 15 minute mediations that can be used in daily life. From 7 to 8:15pm, the Meditation & Modern Buddhism class provides a comprehensive introduction to mediation and Buddhism. The goal of this class is to gain tools for the modern day from ancient wisdom by developing and deepening your mediation practice. Both classes include two guided meditations and opportunities to ask questions. Classes are offered on the same day, so you can purchase a $10 day pass to attend both, or $10 per class. You can also purchase a $40 pass, good for 5 classes with no expiry, that can also be used at the facility in Winnipeg. 

Needs Of A Newspaper---People

Whether the newspaper is distributed by means of paper or done electronically, some basics of how the newspaper goes from beginning to the hands of the readers never change. It still needs people to help get what is going on around that location out to the people who want to know what is going on in that domain.

      The news room of the Quill may not be used that often within the course of the week, since many of the people who would be in that room have other, more important, matters to deal with. In addition, there is only 1 edition of the paper that is distributed within a 7 day period. 

      The constant of a college newspaper is CHANGE. Everyone, from the chair through to the news writers, will not have a long time in the positions they hold. However, when people believe in what they are doing at a newspaper when they are connected with it, that is how a college newspaper can survive for 110 years. In fact, a newspaper can be like a college basketball team. There are times where that team can be made up with upper-class players; and there comes the time when many of them will move on at the same time.

      For the Quill, what I described above is what will take place this year. When the fall of 2019 begins for the Quill, there will be only 3 people that will be truly in a position to continue getting the newspaper out to the students of Brandon University. The 2 are people who are connected to the paper through an outside position. The Chair is someone who was asked to come on board through a member of the Board of the paper, who was also a previous Editor-in-Chief. The General Manager has the longest tenure connected to the paper, and almost like a student, is juggling more than a few interests apart from the paper. There is hope that a new Editor-in-Chief will be in place to help with the day-to-day and issue-to-issue dealings of the paper. THAT WILL BE ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE WORKINGS OF YOUR STUDENT UNIVERSITY PAPER. 

      What I am challenging the students of Brandon University to do is decide that you have a good paper that is worth reading, and ask if you would like to be part of the paper. If the answer is yes, contact the paper and let us know how you would like to help out. My e-mail address tied to the paper is always available for comments. The Quill’s AGM will also take place in the coming month on March 26th, all are invited to come out, share their voice and take part in the discussion of the future of the Quill.

HEALTH HIGHLIGHT: Why You Should Get (and Give) More Hugs


The stress-reducing effects of hugging might also work to keep you healthier.

In a study of over 400 adults, researchers found that hugging may reduce the chance a person will get sick. The participants with a greater support system were less likely to get sick. Those with the greater support system who did get sick had less severe symptoms than those with little or no support system. 


Hugging can be good for your heart health. In one study, scientists split a group of about 200 adults into two groups:

  • One group had romantic partners hold hands for 10 minutes followed by a 20-second hug with each other.

  • The other group had romantic partners who sat in silence for 10 minutes and 20 seconds.

People in the first group showed greater reductions in blood pressure levels and heart rate than the second group.

According to these findings, an affectionate relationship may be good for your heart.


Oxytocin is a chemical in our bodies that scientists sometimes call the “cuddle hormone.” This is because its levels rise when we hug, touch, or sit close to someone else. Oxytocin is associated with happiness and less stress.

Scientists have found that this hormone has a strong effect on women. Oxytocin causes a reduction in blood pressure and of the stress hormone norepinephrine.

One study found that the positive benefits of oxytocin were strongest in women who had better relationships and more frequent hugs with their romantic partner. Women also saw positive effects of oxytocin when they held their infants closely.



BU Mental Health Researchers: Men Of Westman

There is a new research project taking place in the Westman region which focuses on the mental health of men in the region. This has been part of a two year study that seeks to address the growing mental health concerns in the Prairie provinces. The research is founded in previous studies which looked at the suicide rate of men on the prairie which lead to the highest rate in Canada outside the Territorial North.

The research is focused specifically on the local region cause although progress has been made in the mental health awareness and destruction of harmful stigmas areas, different initiatives can only do so much. Movember helps bring some awareness and the Let’s Talk campaign normalizes the sharing portion but specific challenges of the region and men of the area is whats being specially studied. The team is looking for men across the region to participate in small group discussions or share stories one-on-one. Anyone interested in participating in the project can contact Rachel Herron, Canada Research Chair in Rural and Remote Mental Health and a member of BU’s Department of Geography, at 204-727-9771 or at

Dreams About Someone I’ve Never Met

Another dream of thee again

Even when we never met, explain

Why my mind likes thee so much.

Moments of thee are worth clutching

Thy more appealing then all known

Starry Nights over Rhone

It might be the smile that has shone

Light revealing my shadow’s glow

Perhaps once upon a dream I

Will not be full of such shyness

And relieve my own agony

Or once upon the reality

Endeavour the truth as to why

My anima chose to be thee

I’ve been caught by a siren

Distant from thee, a tragedy

Optional Commentary:

The first two lines is me asking a question about why I keep having dreams about a girl I had never talked to before. In the third line “mind” refers to the unconscious mind, and what I am inferring here is that maybe unconsciously I have a crush on this person without even knowing so. The forth line has to do with one of the things I believe about dreams. I do not think dreams are just random nonsense and have no meaning. So, I try to remember all the moments of this person while attempting to decipher what they mean. In terms of Aristotle’s view on dreams I am just dreaming about this person because I was near this person during the day. Or in other words like when you look at something bright and an after image persists. From Freud’s perspective dreams are manifestations of unconscious wishes and desires that are left unfulfilled. Fifth line is talking about how this person like a Japanese cherry blossom flower, is attractive and almost alluring. The sixth line is an allusion to one of my favourite paintings by my favourite painter, Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Nights over Rhone. I am comparing the beauty of this person to an incredibly stunning piece of art. The seventh line hints at the fact that I am not sure why this person is appealing. The eighth line has to do with the fact that, brighter lights tend to make more prominent shadows in certain cases. “Shadow” is an allusion the to Jung’s archetype the shadow. So, when I am around this person my shadow becomes more prominent and visible. In line nine and ten, even in a dream I have never talked to this person, so maybe in a dream one-night I might be able to change that fact. In line eleven agony in my case is describing immense curiosity and wonder, I am so curious about it that it has caused an invasion of the mind. Line twelve and thirteen like line nine, is now suggesting maybe in the real world I will speak to this person and find out who they are. In the fourteenth line “anima” is a reference to another one of Carl Jung’s archetypes the anima/animus. Which in a nutshell is the unconscious feminine side of a male. Line fifteen, is referring to the fact that the animus can behave like a siren and lure people with its voice and beauty. Siren in this case is an allusion to a mythological creature that lures sailors with their enchanting voices. The final line is talking about how I feel like my anima has captured me under its spell, and thus it is a tragedy.

Single Life As Your Best Life: Doing Valentine’s Day Alone And Its Perks

While all your friends that are shacked up with someone else you might be looking (not) forward to spending another year eating meals for two but spending Valentine’s Day alone doesn’t have to be a bad thing. After getting out of a long-term relationship myself, I’m looking forward to going into this cliché holiday single and let tell you why.

  1. You Save Money: No flowers, no picking up the tab for your date, no sappy (and severely overpriced) cards to purchase and that bottle of wine is just for you. Relationships can be nice but not when you’re on a budget.

  2. No Expectations: See a cute person across the bar (like at Shred the Ex at Houstons)? Go flirt. Or don’t. You can go out with friends or spend a relaxing night at home. When you don’t have to plan dates, you can roll with however you’re feeling.

  3. No Food Thieves: Ever had that ex who only wanted “a couple” of fries? Yeah, say no more.

  4. Your Needs Come First: Without a partner you’re free to focus solely on your goals, career and hobbies. 

  5. You Can Be A Hot Mess: Does your apartment look like a tornado ripped through it? When you’re single your apartment can be trashed without judgement (except by roomies or parents) and the covers are all yours.

Now that we’ve covered why being single rocks we can run through a few options on how to spend Valentine’s Day alone:

If you’re a social creature, then get out there! Whether you want to go with friends to Erotic Bingo or meet someone at Shred Your Ex, there’s events happening around Brandon to get you in the festive mood. I Love You Queerly is a place for our LGBTTQ* readers to hang out with other queer people or take their partner(s) for a nice date.

If you’re more introverted or want absolutely NOTHING to do with this expensive or overhyped holiday, you can keep it low-key. If you want to have some popcorn and watch horror movies over romance then you go, Glen Coco! It’s your day. Buy yourself something nice. Cook yourself a nice meal. Drink as much or as little as you want. Bonus: The 15th is cheap chocolate day.

There’s a lot of things that one can be sad about but single shouldn’t be top of mind (for example, if you’re not thinking about those puppies and kitties that need their furever person, I’m disappointed in you). There’s so much freedom in being single, so get out there and make the best of it!

GTF Out There: Where To Go For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day: Love it, hate it, take it or leave it, you’ll probably still be asked what you’re doing for the (un)romantic holiday. Maybe you have a special someone or a “friend” that you’ve made plans with or you intend to hermit that evening.  If you want to get out and do something different Wheat City has a few options for you:

Erotic Bingo: Located here at BU in Harvest Hall starting at 6pm with a cash bar running until 9pm. This game isn’t for the faint-hearted but can be a hell of a good time. Prizes are supplied by Smitten and presented by Flora Cowen in collaboration with the Women’s Collective.

Shred Your Ex: Running from 9pm-2am at Houstons, bring a picture of your ex (or a letter) to shred to have a chance of winning a date night package! $5 entry and $4.50 for drinks, it’s the perfect occasion to blackout drunk if your heart has recently been broken or to meet someone for a good time but not a long time. This event is not advisable for students who have the intention of going to their 8:30am classes on Friday.

I Love You Queerly: For out LGBTTQ* readers, this is the event for you. Hosted at the Lady of the Lake by Brandon Pride there will be a variety of board games and card games for those who want to meet up with other members of the community. Independent tables are also an option and gender-neutral washrooms are available on-site. The event runs from 6-9pm. Bring your partner(s) or a friend along for a low-key evening.

If you’re single, not working, and not sure you want to go out? We have you covered. Read

Single Life as Your Best Life: Doing Valentine’s Day Alone and its Perks.