eBooks V. Physical Books (Makishima’s Argument)

“Find the paperback. eBooks lack character. Physical books are more than the words they contain, they are also tools to stimulate the senses and adjust your thinking. When I don’t feel well, I stare at a page forever before realizing I haven’t absorbed a word. When that happens, I try to understand why. What’s gotten in my way? On the other hand, there are books I can take in effortlessly no matter how awful I’m feeling. Why do those books draw me in? I think it may be sort of a mental tuning. It’s the feeling of the paper against my fingers. That familiar smell of pulp and glue. The momentary stimulations to my brain when I turn each page. These sensations help regulate and focus my brain making it work better.” – Makishima

*Disclaimer* this article excludes the cost of each because if you were choosing a book based on cost then eBooks would always be cheaper than paperback. 

eBooks lacking character may not be obvious what he means by ‘character’. In this case he is most likely referring to the fact that eBooks lack the characteristics to discern themselves from other eBooks. Physical books on the other hand can be identified from the coarseness of the paper, the colour of the paper, weight of the book, and the scent of the paper. For example, my copy of my favourite book Fahrenheit 451 is a hardcover but, it is the only book in my collection that has almost silk smooth paper, making it easy to find even when I cannot see. This also ties into his next statement of physical books are more than the words they contain. 

Physical books are tools to stimulate the senses. An eBook only stimulates the visual sense, a physical book has scent, touch etc., so each physical books continuously stimulate more senses, this also will make it more likely to remember a memory. The more sensations involved make it easier to remember. Physical books can adjust our thinking in a way most people don’t consciously notice. Most physical books cannot remain open on a specific page on their own. This requires us to hold the book open to read it which forces us to use slightly more muscles. Similar to how your muscles will relax when going into R.E.M. sleep. The book could keep you awake.

 The act of physically turning pages can become a habitual relaxation or tuning of the mind. Something an eBook lacks. The scent, the feeling of paper with momentary stimulations eventually become associations for people’s minds to relax. The act of reading in a way forces meditation upon people even if they do not think so. This what he means when he says it helps regulate and focus his mind. For people who have trouble focusing it may be a worthy investment to start reading physical books. The more physical books you read the more your mind becomes used to a semi-relaxed state of mind. Often people read books on tablets, laptops, and among other similar things. All of those things have distractions like social media alerts, email alerts etc. Physical books lack these distractions, so you are less likely to get distracted. 

Overall, Makishima’s argument is most likely saying that physical books make us feel more human. Most computers do not read code on a physical piece of paper. They read it in in data storage and such. Computer’s also do not care about what a paper feels like or what it smells like. Only humans even notice such things. It is likely that super artificial intelligence would not care much for physical books either. Hence, why physical books can make us feel more human. Think about it, we stare at a dead piece of wood with symbols written on it and hallucinate images about it. Have you ever seen a computer do that?


Dyatlov Pass Incident Solved? Part 1: The Mystery

It has been sixty years since the famous incident known now as the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Since then it has remained a strange and disturbing mystery that has captured the worlds attention. It would not be until recently that the answer to this enigma would finally be put to end. *WARNING* if you are easily disturbed it is best to avoid reading this. 

This mystery begins in late January of 1959 when 9 students of the Ural Polytechnical Institute along with an ex-military leader Igor Dyatlov set out to hike in the Siberian Mountains. Each of these hikers were experienced and had an official grading of II. Upon returning each of them would receive a grade of III the highest grading one could achieve at the time. 

One of the ten members, Yuri Yudin would have to turn back due to illness not knowing that his illness would ironically save his life. On February 1st the remaining hikers would have reached Height 1079 and due to the loss of daylight decided to set up camp. 

Later long after their due return on the 23rd of February search parties found the abandoned campsite of the hikers 800 metres up. The tents appeared to be badly damaged with large slit in the side of the canvas and only covered by a light snowfall. The belonging all appeared to be inside the tents along with the heavy winter gear. The next day the search party would discover eight sets of footprints possibly nine leading away from the campsite to the edge of the woods about 1 km down. Most of the tracks were made as if they were only wearing socks and bare footed. At the edge of the tree line small remnants of a fire would be found along with broken branches up to 5 metres up the tree-line. 

On the 27th one of the hiker’s bodies would be found just be the cedar tree near the fire with minor cuts and bruises, along with burns. The cause of death, hypothermia. Another hiker would be found close to the previous one with similar injuries, with death a by hypothermia. Dyatlov’s body would be found 300 metres up the slope leading to the tents. He was found face up covered with snow hands clasped. Similar injuries as the previous bodies. He also died from Hypothermia. One more body would be found on the 27th 600 metres away from the fire leading to the tents. Similar injuries as the previous. Also, death by hypothermia. The next body would by found 480 metres from the fire pit with similar injuries, with a death by hypothermia. Further into the woods behind the cedar tree about 75 metres a six-metre-deep ravine was found with the rest of the remaining hikers but covered deep in snow. Only one of these hikers died from hypothermia. This hiker was found with a broken neck, broken nose etc. The three other hikers found in the ravine were found to have died from crushing blows to the chest and head. These blows were not attributed to blunt force trauma. These injuries would only be seen in car accidents of explosions. Inflicted at great speed and cause high pressure. 

It was found that the tents had been cut from the inside and the footprints indicated panic. The question of this incident was never about how they died, it was always why they left their tents in such a panic with little clothing and gear into the harsh cold environment.

To be continued…


Succeeding In School Workshops

Brandon University offers a series of workshops that improve a student’s work ethic. These workshops cover various topics that will hopefully teach students how to succeed in school. They aim to teach everything from how to create a study plan, different ways notes can be taken, how to take a multiple-choice test, how textbooks should be read, and how to improve your memory. These workshops require students to register. To make register call 204-727-9737 or drop by the Academic Skills Centre reception in McKenzie Building 102.

The following schedules and descriptions come from the BU website.

Making a Study Plan

Create a weekly study schedule and master calendar for the semester and discuss minimizing procrastination. Bring course outlines and a planner/organizer if you use one.

Tuesday, September 17th             12:40-1:30 (free slot) – Rm. 003, basement of McKenzie Building

Thursday, September 19th           1:40-2:30 (slot 14) – Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Wednesday, September 25th      9:30-10:20 (slot 2)- Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Taking Lecture Notes

Active listening and being able to judge what are important are skills needed in most careers. Practice taking notes in a lecture with & without PowerPoint slides or handouts.

Tuesday, September 24th             12:40-1:30 (free slot) – Rm. 003, basement of McKenzie Building

Thursday, September 26th           1:40-2:30 (slot 14) – Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Wednesday, October 2nd             9:30-10:20 (slot 2) – Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Reading Textbooks

Reading for university courses is different from reading for pleasure! In this workshop learn effective study skills to reduce the need to read the page over (and over) again.

Tuesday, October 1st                     12:40-1:30 (free slot) – Rm. 003, basement of McKenzie Building

Thursday, October 3rd                   1:40-2:30 (slot 14) – Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Wednesday, October 9th             9:30-10:20 (slot 2) – Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Writing Multiple-Choice Tests

This session will use practice multiple-choice questions to review specific strategies while studying for and taking tests to help improve performance.

Tuesday, October 8th                    12:40-1:30 (free slot) – Rm. 003, basement of McKenzie Building

Thursday, October 10th                1:40-2:30 (slot 14) – Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Wednesday, October 16th            9:30-10:20 (slot 2) – Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Improving Memory

Apply memory techniques to develop a flexible system that fits your courses to help you remember all you are learning this term.

Tuesday, October 15th                  12:40-1:30 (free slot) – Rm. 003, basement of McKenzie Building

Thursday, October 17th                1:40-2:30 (slot 14) – Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Wednesday, October 23rd            9:30-10:20 (slot 2) – Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Wellness Workshop

We all know school can be frustrating and hard to deal with. BU now offers a series of workshops that seek to alleviate some of the stress school produces. One of these workshops is unfortunately only for a limited number of people and therefore students need to reserve their spot. Other workshops are offered for free and have unlimited space. 

The following descriptions and schedules were obtained from the BU website.

Mind Over Mood Anxiety Group 

Must commit to 5 sessions

Receive your own copy of Mind Over Mood

Pre-registration required – $5 to save your seat

Limited space available

Register at Student Services, Rm. 102

When: Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00 pm

Dates: October 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6, 2019

Mental Health Toolbox

Learn specific tools to cope with stress and anxiety.  Free!

When: October 15, 2019

Where: Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Building

Time: 2:40 – 3:30 pm

 Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshop

Develop skills specific to first-year students and mental wellness.  Free!

When: October 28, 2019

Where: Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Bldg.

Time: 1:40 – 2:30 pm

Test Anxiety Workshop

Self-assessment and combating test anxiety skill development.  Free!

When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Where: Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Bldg.

Time: 3:40 – 4:30 pm

Sleep Hygiene Workshop

Stop counting sheep and get some sleep.  Learn the ABC’s of zzzzz’s. Free!

When: Thursday, November 28, 2019

Where: Rm. 005, basement of McKenzie Bldg.

Time: 2:40 – 3:30 pm

Student Workshops: Part 1 (Math and Writing) 

With the first week of school finally ending, students can now look forward to attending various workshops that will help them improve their academic endeavours. Listed below are the various academic workshops that BU offers. While these workshops aim to help students if more assistance is required feel free to reach out to the workshops coordinators and helpers to seek further help.

Writing Skills Workshops

 Writing skills workshops aim to help students improve their essay writing, their grammatical knowledge and their citation skills.  These Workshops are open to all BU students and no Pre-registration is necessary.

The following schedules and descriptions detailing both the writing skills workshops and the math skills workshops come from the BU website.

Essay Basics

Monday September 9, 1:40-2:30

Tuesday September 10, 12:40-1:30

Wednesday September 18, 9:30-10:20

Thursday September 26, 10:10-11:00

Monday October 7, 10:40-11:30

Tuesday October 22, 12:40-1:30

After this workshop, students should be able to identify the basic parts of the essay (introduction, body, conclusion) and describe how they function. Along with the basic structure this workshop will cover the following: purpose of the essay, selecting and narrowing a topic, levels of English and use of scholarly language, formulating a thesis statement (brief introduction), evidence and how is it used, and how to access additional resources both on campus and online.

Grammar Basics

Wednesday October 2, 12:40-1:30

Thursday October 10, 9:00-9:50

Wednesday October 23, 1:40-2:30

Tuesday October 29, 12:40-1:30

After this workshop, students should be aware of the most common grammar errors that students make and have some strategies for how to address these errors. The areas covered will include, but are not limited to comma splice errors, pronouns and agreement, active vs passive voice, proper use of apostrophe, and accessing grammar resources.

Citation Basics (APA, MLA, and Chicago)

Monday September 23, 1:40-2:30

Tuesday October 1, 1:40-2:30

Wednesday October 9, 10:40-11:30

Thursday October 24, 11:40-12:30

Following this workshop, students should demonstrate a basic knowledge of the three most common citation styles used at BU: APA, MLA, and Chicago. Students will see examples of all three styles including in-text citations and Reference, Works Cited, and Bibliography pages. The instructor will highlight online resources and discuss the link between proper citations and academic honesty. We will discuss the strengths and limitations of citation generators, such as EasyBib, RefWorks, and others.

Thesis Statement Basics

Thursday September 19, 10:10-11:00

Wednesday September 25, 11:40-12:30

Monday September 30, 9:30-10:20

Tuesday October 8, 11:40-12:30

This workshop will cover basic aspects of thesis construction, placement, and development. Students will be encouraged to evaluate sample thesis statements to determine their potential effectiveness

Math Skills Workshops

During the first five weeks of each term we offer a series of math Skills workshops targeted to basic mathematical concepts whose knowledge is useful in many first-year courses. Organized on a walk-in basis, these workshops are repeated twice a week to accommodate various schedules. Students who are unable to attend a scheduled workshop are encouraged to make an individual appointment to review the information presented in the workshop.

Walk-in Math Assistance

Walk-in math assistance is available during the fall and winter term (up to the last day of classes) through Math Peer Tutors hired by the Math Department, during times posted on the above link, or on the bulletin board outside the Academic Skills Centre. Students may make use of walk-in assistance in addition to scheduled appointments. Walk-ins should be used for quick questions or clarification. It is advisable that students seeking assistance bring class notes and material with them.

Math Peer Tutor Walk-In Schedule – Fall 2019 – TBA

Individual and Group Appointments

Students are welcome to make appointments for individual or small group assistance with the Math Skills Specialist. Appointments are half hour in length, and students are restricted to no more than two (2) appointments per week and no more than one (1) appointment on any given day. Exceptions to these rules may be accommodated if possible, depending on availability of spaces. It is suggested that students come to the appointments with their class notes and materials, and any special instructions provided by professors

1. Logarithms and their applications in Chemistry

Thursday, September 5 1:40-3:30pm Room 4-34 BB Friday, September 6 1:40-3:30pm Room 4-34 BB

2. Fractions. Rational Expressions. Rational Equations

Tuesday, September 3 12:40-1:30 pm Room 1-53 BB

3. Mean, Median, Mode and Standard Deviation

Tuesday, September 10 12:40-1:30 pm Room 1-53 BB

4. Logarithms. Logarithmic Expressions. Logarithmic Equations

Tuesday, September 17 12:40-1:30 pm Room 1-53 BB

5. Calculus I

Tuesday, September 24 12:40-1:30 pm Room 1-53 BB

As students can see BU offers a lot of workshops during a lot of different times and days. Help is always there if you need it so feel free to drop by and ask for it.

Art Bleeds into Itself

I have said many times to people that “if the art you are making pisses people off then you are doing something right.”  Why is this the case?

There have always been countercultures to whatever is mainstream. Whether this is because of humans being naturally non-conformist or some people drifting towards iconoclasm doesn’t really matter. Countercultures come about in response to what has come before. It can be to a culture’s benefit. New art forms and new styles emerge in response to what came before.   Progressive House music can be a good example of this. In a broad generalization, Progressive House music was rejected by mainstream music for some time, while many rebellious teenagers fell in love with this new unusual music that had not been heard before. 

Music, like many other art forms, is trend based. The “new” type of art tends to supplant the previous top art form and, in many cases, uses elements from the previous forms in new compositions. In other words, each iteration combines older forms together to create something new and in turn becomes somewhat more complex. Just look at the most popular music genres overtime. Classical to jazz then jazz to rock like music and so forth. It almost seems like an unconscious desire to make things better than drives art to a new level, which as a side effect gives rise to a new art form.  

One thing that makes new art forms more captivating is the incorporation of technology. Long ago, humans might have only ever played music with one instrument perhaps a drum of some sort. This would sound pleasant and eventually become popular worldwide. Then someone will discover another instrument such as a wind instrument and create a melody to match the drumbeat, at first it might perhaps be seen as unusual and then repeating the same trend as before becoming more popular than just pure drum music. If we skip a couple hundred thousand years, we will reach what we would call modern music, which if we look at all the most popular music of today, we will see they all use multiple instruments, if not multiple variations of instruments that did not exist before. If you ask anyone today probably almost all people would rather listen to a pop some then some regular repetitive drumbeat. Even if very complicated percussion music still exists in many cultures and is enjoyed. 

From this we can conclude that some of today’s art forms would be completely out of reach simply because of the technological restrictions. In a way lack of technology limits our imagination and ability to see new things. If we went back to the 1600s and said to some artists from that time that I am a movie maker, they would think I am are a complete lunatic! And yet in our current time movies theatres are far more popular than an art gallery, but of course this is not solely because of the technology, so why have movies become more popular?

The answer to this is actually quite simple. Take a look at Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photograph Man Jumping the Puddle, now watch Eadweard Muybridge’s Sallie Gardner at a Gallop. What is the man difference between these works of art that caused one to become more popular? The answer is movement, or successive sequential changes of moments in time. Now compare, Sallie Gardner at a Gallop to Casablanca. What is different now? It is not storytelling because all three tell a story. Answer: sound. Casablanca has another form of art synchronized with it. The art of sound. By now you might have started to notice a trend between the previous most popular art form and the next; each new art form is a combination of previous art forms. 

From this we can gather that the next iteration of art will contain parts of other art forms. Aside from technology this is key to creating a new masterpiece. Sculptures are appealing, so is architecture. What can be more appealing and attractive is if you combined sculpting with architecture. Look at Michelangelo’s David then look at Frank O. Gehry’s design of Friedrich R. Weisman Museum of Art. Or watch Sallie Gardner at a Gallop then watch La La Land. You will start to see this idea tend to be true. It might seem impossible to ever comprehend what the ultimate art is or let alone imagine it, but it has been staring at us from the beginning. What (to most people) has perfect synchronicity between sight, sound, touch, and taste? Water waves. Almost no sculpture, painting, or song, can even begin to be compared with an ocean waves. Even then, the ocean wave is not quite at the final iteration of art, it is missing a few things. Like a story, etc. So, what is it?

The ultimate art form is to perfectly simulate life; as in the entire universe with all of its complexity. Because it is the only thing that has every element as a part of it.  

By N.Monk, the unofficial philosopher

Financial Tips For Student

As a student, money can be difficult to acquire, but here a free tips to help you out; 

Build your credit history. In today’s world, the importance of credit can be found in almost every aspect of life. From applying for a credit card to purchasing a car, your credit score is used to determine your creditworthiness. As a young adult, you should always be conscious of how most financial decisions affect your credit score. If you don’t already have a credit card, you should get one. Having a credit card in your name, even if you don’t buy anything, will help you establish credit and the longer you have a credit history, the better. 

Be mindful of your spending habits. If this is your first crack at financial freedom, don’t start charging anything and everything. Does this sound like you? Try your best to avoid impulse purchases, and when you do use your credit card, make sure you’ll be able to pay it off when the bill comes. 

Take advantage of every discount and savings opportunity. Aside from learning how to manage your money, young people need to learn how to make every penny count. Look for student discounts when making in-store and online purchases. Many retailers offer a reduced rate or promos for students only, for example, Apple gives student discounts for new computers. Research your go-to spending spots to see if they offer student discounts or save money by using a cashback site like TopCashback.com to shop Urban Outfitters, UberEats, Textbooks.com and more.

Learn to budget. Most students get their first glimpse at financial freedom during college via part-time jobs or side hustles. It’s important to learn how to properly manage your new-found wealth so you’re never left wondering, ‘Where did my money go?’ A personal budget is key to properly put future income towards expenses, savings, and debt repayment. A basic budgeting tool that is made for progress is the 50/20/30 rule. Spend only up to 50 percent of your after-tax income on essentials, such as housing (aka your dorm or off-campus apartment); 20 percent on financial priorities, such as debt repayments and savings; and 30 percent on lifestyle choices, such as vacations and late-night food runs with your BFFs. Effective money management is key to living a healthy financial life and achieve financial independence.

SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone

One of the upcoming events taking place at the university is SafeTalk. It aims to prepare anyone over the age of 15 to help identify people with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.  

Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. With this training, you will be better able to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide; to identify people who have thoughts of suicide; and to apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe) in order to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to suicide first aid and/or intervention caregivers.

It takes placeTuesday, September 17th @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm in Louis Riel Room, McMaster Hall. 

If this is something that interests you, you need to apply online through brandonu.ca. Helping someone with suicidal thoughts through knowledge and training is good mental health care. 

Student Fees Explained

As a new school year begins, and as we scramble to pay our tuition before the due date, we are reminded again that even though BU is one of the most affordable universities in the country, there are still a lot of student fees that pile on. 

While we may wonder what all the fees mean and what purpose they serve let us not forget that they allow us to continually use the services they contribute to and thus allow us to have an overall better university experience.

These fees help with maintenance around campus, they contribute to various services students use every day and of course they include tuition. Listed below you will find a list of all the student fees we are expected to pay and their purpose.  

TUITION FEES

(Each of the following fees are per 3 credit hours)

Faculty of Arts $373.65 

Faculty of Education $380.25

School of Music $396.90

Faculty of Science $405.75 

Faculty of Health Studies $413.25

Late Tuition fee  $30.00

B.U.S.U FEES

The Brandon University Student Union offers a lot of services that require a lot of contribution from students. Their services allow students to obtain a health and dental plan if they choose to do so, their fees also provide a bus pass while the other fees help support various groups around campus.

Building $10.74 per 3 credit hours 

This fee goes towards maintenance.

BUSU $11.10 per 3 credit hours

This fee goes towards B.U.S.U and their needs.

CFS $7.78-15.56 depending on how many credit hours, after 18 hrs $15.56 is charged.

This fee goes towards the Canadian Federation of Students.

Quill Levy $6.17-12.34 depends on credit hours. After 18 hrs $12.34 is charged.

This fee goes towards The Quill maintenance. WUSC $15.00 per 3 credit hours.

This fee goes towards the World University Service of Canada. This committee plays an important role in contributing to the SRP (Student Refugee Program) their contributions allowed for refugee students to pursue post-secondary education. 

Health and Dental plan $250.00 

Can opt in or out if you want to.

This fee is automatically added to your tuition however it can be reimbursed if you choose to opt out of this service. In order to opt out you need to provide proof that you have coverage through another institution. You can also opt in if you choose and you will receive coverage through BU. If you do not opt in or out by the deadline the fee will still be charged. Therefore make sure you know when the deadline is and whether or not you need it.

U-pass $20.00 (per year)

This fee goes towards a bus pass for students that can be accessed by simply scanning your BU ID when you’re boarding the bus.

OTHER FEES

Tech Fee $19.05 per 3 credit hours 

Student Services $11.55 per 3 credit hours 

Registration fee $15.00 per 3 credit hours 

ID Card Fee $39.60- $79.20. 

After 18 credit hours $79.20 is charged. This fee allows each BU student to be able to get an ID card. This ID card can be used to gain access to the HLC and is often required when taking an exam. 

Copyright Fee $2.70 per 3 credit hours.

While these fees may seem unnecessary, they still very much contribute to providing each student with the best possible post secondary education experience. 

It is very important to know deadlines and it is important to have an idea of what your are being charged. The fees can vary year by year therefore it is important to always look through your financial statement and see whether new fees have been added or otherwise changed.

Services At BU

Brandon University offers a variety of services for students during their time at the University. This article will cover a few of those services:

Counselling: Brandon University has two counsellors, Sherry Sawatzky-Dyck who can be reached at 204-727-7391 or sawatzkydycks@brandonu.ca and Marsha Harris who can be reached at 204-727-9779 or harrism@brandonu.ca. Some of the “wellness topics” they cover are things like stress, crisis response, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, sexual assault, eating problems and sleep. The use of these services while you are a student is free. There are also a few wellness workshops that run through the year, such as a Mental Health Toolbox workshop and a Mind Over Mood Anxiety Workshop. More details on the counselling services BU offers and the workshops can be found on BU’s website: https://www.brandonu.ca/personal-counselling/

Academic Advising: Academic advising is mandatory for new students at Brandon University and suggested for all students to make sure they stay on track and take all of the courses they need to graduate. Academic advisors will not only make sure you have all of your required courses but can also help you select important courses for if you wanted to go on to get another degree. Academic advising is located in room 102, of the A. E. McKenzie Building. 

Indigenous Peoples’ Centre: The Indigenous Peoples’ Centre offers academic support, transition supports, cultural and spiritual support including events like the Graduation Pow Wow, as well as personal and social support. They have computer access, free soup on certain days of the week, as well as Knowledge Keepers. The IPC is a safe space for students of all backgrounds to come and relax or find support. The office is located between the Library and Student Services. 

Career Planning and Placement: The Career Planning and Placement office offers a variety of services to students on campus. They have a “jobs board,” hold career fairs, offer assistance with resume writing and hold workshops throughout the year. This is a great resource if you are someone who is still undecided on their major as well as they can talk with you about career goals and what degree might put you on the right track. The Career Planning and Placement office is located in room 115 in the A. E. McKenzie Building. 

The Office of International Activities: This office is a support for international students at Brandon University. They offer information for international students, Canadian students, exchange opportunities and information about recruitment agents and representatives. This office is located on the basement of McMaster Hall. 

Student Accessibility Services: Student Accessibility Services works with students to make their university experience inclusive. They work with people with different types of disabilities or who face academic challenges. Any student wishing to seek academic accommodation are encouraged to reach out the Student Accessibility Services office which is located in room 106 of the A. E. McKenzie Building. 

Brandon University Students’ Union: BUSU is located in the Knowles Douglas Building. They offer many services such as printing, the Paw Pass (a local discount system for students), a food bank, advocacy, room bookings, and much more! They also hold various events through the year, including a Clubs Day at the start of both terms that encourages students to get out there and meet new people. Pop up to the BUSU office to meet the team and learn more about what they can do for you. 

Healthy Living Centre: BU students get a gym membership at the Healthy Living Centre for free (and by free, I mean it is included in your tuition). Take advantage of this service by popping over to the front desk of the HLC and asking them to help you get set up to use the gym. 

This is just a snapshot of the services offered at BU. There are workshops available throughout the year alongside many of these services. Visit the BU website to learn more about these services that are available to you as a student here at BU and have a great academic year! 


Brandon Knights Chess Club Champion

At Brandon University, we have a number of clubs and student organizations to be a part of. One of our own writers who creates our chess puzzles, is also a part of the Brandon Knights Chess Club at the university. N.Monk is someone who enjoys chess and the analytics of the games. 

Occasionally there are chess tournaments for those who attend the university club. In the most recent tournament, N.Monk won first place in his section of the tournament. As a result of his success, he will be participating in a memorial tournament at the University of Winnipeg. 

2019 Abe Yanofsky Memorial will be taking place from August 31 to Sept 1. Daniel Abraham Yanofsky was the first Manitoban grandmaster who lived in Winnipeg his entire life. He also got a degree in science at the University of Manitoba and became a lawyer. 

There is a surprising amount of physical training that goes into preparing for chess tournaments. It requires a lot of endurance, similar to a two-hour exam at university. Also studying games of previous world champions is important. Studying with a Chess AI would not work as well as studying actual games and players. 

By the time this article is published, the tournament will have passed by. So here is hoping that our champion does well in Winnipeg. 

For those interested in chess can meet with the Brandon Knights Chess Club at Harvest Halls on Saturdays during the school year. 

chess tournament winner

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.