Review Of The Week: Deadly Class

Coming back to university always makes me think of Harry Potter: the journey to school, the quirky professors, the magic of friendship, and the hallowed halls. Coincidently, I also have a friend and classmate who is reading the series for the first time. The conversations we are having sparked the inspiration for this week’s review. 

What if you took Harry Potter, mixed in some hard drugs, a dash of punk rock, a sprinkle of cold-blooded murder, and set the whole thing to bake in the 1980s? You would get Deadly Class, a comic series by writer Rick Remender, artist Wes Craig, and colourist Lee Loughridge that is soon to be hit a T.V. series on Syfy. 

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Deadly Class follows Marcus Lopez, a newly enrolled student at King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts. Located in the San Francisco underground, King’s Dominion is a school where the word’s deadliest assassins, dictators, and crime syndicates send their children to become heartless killers. With classes on dismemberment and mid-terms that require murder, King’s Dominion is a vicious school, especially if you don’t fit in. When Marcus shows up to school with no affiliation to a prestigious crime family, and a tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve, teenage angst becomes the least of his worries. 

Deadly Class is exquisitely written, and Remender seamlessly integrates music from the mid 80s in every gutter and panel of the series. Music plays such a large role in creating the atmosphere of Deadly Class, that Remender has posted a playlist on Spotify to supplement the comic reading experience. 

Beyond Remender’s writing is the unrelentingly talented Craig, an artist at the height of his creative medium. Craig’s use of panels is so masterful that the page layouts become almost tangible in their intricacies. Colourist Lee Loughridge is also at the top of his game; his minimalist colour pallet leaves yellows, blues, and pinks dripping off the page and landing directly in your mind’s eye. 

Deadly Class is currently sitting at seven collected volumes and counting, so check this series out before you’re the only one who doesn’t know how finals end at King’s Dominion. 

Club Day Recap

Loud chatter, video games, and the smell of food that definitely wasn’t intended as bait filled the student mingling area on Wednesday the 13th as student clubs settled into their tables for the better part of the day.

The Quill sat huddled in the corner with our offerings of mini donuts and cinnamon buns drawing in the curious and the hungry alike. Next to us BUGA a.k.a the Brandon University’s Gaming Association set themselves up with a T.V. and console, and other groups scattered around the room were eagerly recruiting. ENACTUS and Brandon University Memes could be found sharing a table, Brandon University Varsity Christian Fellowship sat across from us brining in unsuspecting students in with Tim Horton’s Tim Bits (well played). Other clubs included The Brandon University Dance Club, The Biology Club, Brandon University Rugby, BU WUSC, BUFASA, BUTC,BUASC, JSA, and plenty others! If the acronyms are terrifying and confusing, hop onto the Brandon University Student Union’s website for the full listing of various club organizations- included is contact information for the various student organizations so if you’re worried you missed your chance don’t be! Send a quick email or poke around on social media and get in touch with whichever club strikes your fancy. Chances are they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Though fair warning all the free food from club day has probably been inhaled by now- the starving student trope is real and alive.

If you’re wondering why on top of balancing your studies, work, and the generally stress inducing experience of being alive you’d want to join a club, there are plenty of reasons! First of all they’re a great way to meet people with similar interests and keep up your social life. Especially for those of you who are maybe new to the campus and are looking to meet some people that aren’t local Russian singles in your area, clubs are a great way to make some comrades and get familiar with student life in general. Not to mention the advantages that add onto your resume. Whether it’s having your written work published in the school newspaper or getting involved in your community, commitment to a club will teach you plenty of marketable skills that will definitely make your time at university worthwhile aside from that fancy piece of paper with your name on it. 

You’re not going to be at Brandon University forever, so take advantage of any and all opportunities to enjoy and make the most of your time here. Clubs probably aren’t something you considered applying for, but this is as good an opportunity as any. Join that club you wanted to today! There is no time like the present.


Science Seminar:

Dr. Bernadette Ardelli’s science seminar titled “The Diversification of My Research Portfolio: Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Returns” was a delicate balance between Dr. Ardelli’s research questions, methods, and results as well as the evolution of both research and researcher through her academic journey. The presentation outlined not only Dr. Ardelli’s insights into drug resistance in parasitic nematodes (worms), but also lessons learned regarding how research is carried out in a university setting. 

Dr. Ardelli demonstrated how her research taught her about “undergraduate power” – that although they may lack in technical experience and be restricted by their course load, a significant contribution can be made by a motivated undergraduate student. 

The seminar also shed light on some of the politics of doing research associated with big pharmaceutical companies. Her research aimed to first discover if the parasites had developed resistance to the drug that was widely available on the international market. Later she would compare the resistance and mechanisms of two drugs manufactured by competing companies.  

As a student or enthusiastic onlooker, it is easy to get wrapped up in the big research questions. Dr. Ardelli reminded us of the importance to ground ambitions in reality – with minimal risk and maximum output. Some factors that required consideration for her program included the necessity of working mainly with undergraduates, inability to use human subjects or clinical trials due to extensive ethics approval, and accessibility of samples. This, as well as the need to differentiate her research identity from that of her accomplished supervisors, led to her current area of study in understanding how drugs work. This led Dr. Ardelli down a research path that now focuses on the relationship between the host and the parasite in the development of drug resistance. 

For the technical stuff or more information, you’ll have to speak to the “worm whisperer” herself. 


What Makes A Good Professor?

What makes a good professor? Is it a deep-rooted passion for the subject? Is it their teaching method? The way they attract, and most importantly retain the attention of the class? Or is it a combination of multiple traits? Truth is, everyone learns in different ways, and just as we are all stimulated in different ways, we will all have different answers to this question. Nonetheless, I think we could all agree on a few qualities and characteristics necessary to make a good professor. 

  • Passion/Love for the subject. 

Passion is the invisible force that drives one’s dedication towards something. Without being passionate about something, one could never endure it long enough to teach it. Bottom line, nothing is worse than a teacher that has absolutely no interest in what they’re teaching. The kind that simply reads slide after slide in the same monotone voice then wonders “Hmm, why are my students performing so poorly?” Passion and dedication for the subject enables teachers to display the beauty and intellect that surrounds the subject and by doing so they engage their students in a way that facilitates the exchange of information. This can turn a boring classroom or dull lecture into one that students look forward to attending and learning more about every week. Without being passionate about the subject, professor’s will find it difficult to help their students retain the lessons. Which is highly unfortunate for the people who have paid in both money and time to try and understand these subjects.

  • Teaching method/ Classroom engagement

While it’s up to students whether they pay attention or not in class, the way lessons are presented always affects classroom engagement. This has a direct impact on how much material is absorbed by students.  While some professors use the common phrase “you are here to learn, not to have fun”, learning under a fun environment constitutes a plus for both the teacher as well the students. 

Ultimately, it is not what you teach, it’s how you teach it. 

That being said, there are various names that continuously pop up when inquiring about the best teachers in Brandon University. These names are, but certainly not limited to the following:  


         Names                   Department

  • Dr. Baker                                             Political Science

  • Mrs. Paola Di Muro           Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Dr. Balfour Spence                                   ADES

  • Mr. James Forsythe                               DRAMA

  • Mrs. Zehtab-Jadid                               ECONOMICS




 


Time To Update Sex Ed On Campus

Walk around campus and you might notice something… or rather a lack of something, on a subject that effects many people on campus. Sex Ed. Bulletin boards and campus bathrooms have very little informative posters for sexual education, or none at all. The one poster that does exist is quite old, one that was created by SERC (Sexual Education Resource Centre). It is worn around the edges and wearing thin. It has been in the campus bathrooms for at least five years.

Modern culture is constantly evolving, and so is the way society views sex. It is now more important than ever to have proper sexual education for students. This includes adult students attending university. Not everyone has an equal amount of knowledge towards sexual education, and they may not have access to information that is necessary in order to remain protected and safe during sex.

Talking about sex in any form can be an uncomfortable subject to broach with anyone, even adults having a conversation with someone in their own age group. Having information in brief points on posters can help distribute the information to students. Posters are an anonymous way for students to gather information. The posters can also assist students in finding out appropriate places and people to go to if problems arise or they need to talk to someone about sexual health.

People are more likely to make healthier decisions that are right for them when they have accurate, unbiased information and the ability to talk with non-judgemental people who can answer their questions. Sexual education can also help students develop decision-making skills to apply the strategies and techniques learned into their daily lives. This is why updating and adding to the sexual education posters in both bathrooms and on bulletin boards across campus will benefit students’ well being. Access to non-judgmental information is important and should be made readily available for all students.

每逢佳节倍思亲

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张琴辉 (教育学院)       

留学生涯,不仅是繁忙的学习任务,还有在异乡的孤单和思念。 下周一(九月二十四日)就是中国的传统节日-中秋节。 这个节日意味着亲朋好友们团聚,赏月,吃月饼,畅谈人生。有句古诗叫“每逢佳节倍思亲”- 在外的游子,在传统节假日来临之际,会加倍地思念故乡的亲人和朋友。 

在此借Quill 板块一角, 祝愿大家在Brandon 大学学习、生活愉快。让我们一起庆祝这团聚的日子,并敬请关注中秋节活动公告。另外, Quill报纸每隔一周会刊登中文版的Brandon大学的趣事杂谈。期待您的来信来稿,让我们与Quill一起,共度美好的校园生活!


Every Festive Season


The first Chinese traditional festival of this new semester is “Zhong Qiu Jie”(中秋节), which is also known as The Moon Festival. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. On that night, the full moon is extraordinarily round and bright, which was given a mythological twist, with the legends of Chang’e, a beautiful lady living on the moon. On this night, we traditionally invite our family members and loved ones to congregate and enjoy the full moon, which is a promising symbol of harvest, harmony and family reunion. Additionally, the foods we prepared for this special day usually are cups of tea and a plate of moon cake. 

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Next Monday, September 24, you can experience this wonderful Chinese traditional festival by a cup of tea and a piece of moon cake, siting on a comfortable chair in your back yard, raising your head, gazing on the clear moon and imagining that beautiful lady.  Or, you also can come and join our activity “The Moon Night”, September 23 on campus. Please email us if you want to attend this wonderful night activity, know more about Chinese cultures, give us comments or make suggestions.

 



Paw Pass And Its Benefits

The start of a new school year brings upon many things such as financial constraints, headaches and stress. However, it also brings in new discounts for both Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College students. Each year the Brandon University Students Union (BUSU) and the Assiniboine Community College Students Association (ACCSA) put together a student initiative called the Paw Pass. The Paw Pass in reality is a little sticker that goes on the back side of your student card. However, by presenting your student card with the Paw Pass sticker attached to various local businesses you could receive a hefty discount!

Obviously not every business in Brandon and the surrounding area take part in the Paw Pass program although there are over fifty businesses that do! These businesses range from dining establishments and entertainment facilities to apparel stores and health organizations. Some are dine-in restaurants such as the Wok Box while others are fast food places or pizza joints such as Dominos. The majority of businesses that participate in the Paw Pass program offer discounts between 10%-20%. However, there are a few that offer a greater percentage. One such business is Dominos pizza which offers students 40% off any pizza when you order online using the coupon code BOBCATS for BU students or ACC2018 for ACC students. Another great pizza place also provides students with a break when it comes to their financial resources. Papa Johns Pizza offers students 50% off regular menu priced pizza and 25% off on all side items. Finally, switching gears out of the pizza business, Lasting Image offers all students a discount of 25% off all block mounting, laminating and dry mounting. All three of these businesses are less than five minutes away from campus!

One last thing you should know about the Paw Pass is that the discount aren't limited to the City of Brandon alone! There are a couple of businesses outside of Brandon that are also part of the Paw Pass Program. These include the Dairy Queen at Neepawa which offers a 15% discount to students as well as the Super Thrifty Drug Store in Dauphin which also offers a 15% discount on regular priced merchandise. 

To receive your Paw Pass sticker head on down to the BUSU office, located on the first floor of the Knowles-Douglas Building. They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. You will also receive a Paw Pass pamphlet detailing the discounts each business offers as well as any restrictions that may be in effect. Now that you know the most vital and important information there is for students to know get out there and grab those discounts! Everyone, and I do mean everyone, loves a bargain. As students any chance you get to save even a small fraction of money I advise you take it.

Orientation And Your First Week

I believe I speak for everyone when I say that nothing beats the excitement and vigour with which the freshmen entered their first days of school. At Orientation this year hundreds of bright eyed optimists descended into our haunt of stress induced late pre-exam panic attacks. If you were fortunate to have seen the jovial bounce in the step of each newbie as their Student Leaders showed them the lecture halls you would have been flabbergasted. Then again it is said that Lambs will meekly follow the butcher to the chopping block and even prisoners learn to accept their chains.  After the latest incarcerated inmates of this prison of gloom were made familiar with the boundaries of their new confines they were brought out in front of Clark Hall. Here a last meal of burgers and chips was prepared for them. A final cruel reminder of what they would miss, as from now on these poor souls will subside off Cup'O Noodles, grilled cheese sandwiches and tap water. The dinner music, a dirge, played by local bands for the unsuspecting as they, burger in hand, passed through booths of various sponsors. These sadists malevolently keep providing means for this factory of dread to turn out more and more soulless empty graduates. Upon satiation students were later brought to the computer lab where the malicious Student Leaders got them to choose their method of torture, death by titration or oral presentation. Finally the freshmen were sent home with the promise that their Student Leaders would be watching them in the days to come both seen in their yellow shirts and disguised as the rest of the prison populace.  

Hopefully you freshmen have gotten the feel of the land by now! We students love to play up the stress our studies put on us. At times it feels like a competition. The more stress you are under the harder you must be working. Don't believe a word of it! It is entirely feasible for you to experience a successful academic career and enjoy it as well. Your time at BU will be as miserable or amazing as you make it out to be. Listen to the Student Leaders and the advice that they provided you. Take advantage of their offer to help you along your first steps as a university student. They have been through it all before, both the ups and downs, the successes and the failures. Remember programs that they showed you that are offered here at BU. These were put into place by hardworking individuals whose purpose it is to see you succeed. We are all pulling for you. Remember the excitement you feel today will soon give way to familiarity. Breeding tedium, exhaustion and disenchantment. That it is unless you do something about it! Find a reason to get excited about coming to school each day. Whether that is to be with new friends or to learn something new and stimulating.  

How To Read A Peer Review Article

The peer reviewed journal article. The journal article. The scholarly paper. The scientific paper. Stomach-cramp-causing-probably-10-pages-too-long-but-mandatory-for-class-discussion article. Call it what you might, if you ever want something to make you question your decision to pursue post-secondary education as well as your sanity, all you have to do is read one. 

Back up. What even is a peer reviewed journal article? A peer reviewed journal article is a communication of research written by an expert in a specific field. It is revised and edited by other experts in that field. It is then put out into the world by a publication run by experts in that field that distributes research relevant to that field. The many steps and multiple experts involved here make these articles more likely to address reasonable conclusions that are scientifically valid. 

Journal articles are the foundation of scientific communication, and how to read one effectively is all too often overlooked. Here are some things you should know: 

  1. You’re not stupid. Sometimes scientists are bad writers. If an article is indecipherable, it might not be the result of your reading comprehension – some articles are written poorly. 

  2. Ask yourself what you need to get out of the article. Are you only looking for general conclusions or specific pieces of evidence? Do you need background information for a report? Evidence for a research paper? A better understanding of the topic? Why are you reading this article? Knowing what you’re looking for is the first step to finding it. Now, where to look…

  3. Understand what information is covered in each section of the article. Knowing what should be there will help you pick out key points in their entirety. For example, if you make a note about methodology from the abstract, you might not fully grasp the concept. If you know the structure of each section, you’ll understand where to look if you missed something; if you don’t understand where an interpretation in the discussion came from, you’ll know to look back at the results to understand the data.

  4. Don’t overlook the references section. There is a 100% chance that an article that has relevant content has relevant sources. Use this section as a gateway to even more information related to the topic at hand. 

  5. You don’t have to read the article in the order its laid out. Most of the pros don’t. By understanding why you’re reading the article, and what is in each section, you can create an effective plan of attack. 


Many people read in the following order: title; abstract; introduction, conclusion, discussion, materials and methods. Some say it follows better, some change this sequence up. This order makes sense to some because it puts information in order from the broadest to the most specific. Others prefer to narrow information down by reading the whole article one time to understand the bigger pictures, and a second time for details. You might have to experiment with the order to find what works best for you. 

But you should probably read the title first. Does it contain keywords or reference to the topic at hand? If no, move on. If yes, start with the abstract to further determine if the research is relevant; even though the title might be, the abstract provides more detail that might say otherwise. The abstract should give you an idea of what the introduction and conclusion are going to say. It should outline the fundamentals of what, why, how, as well as results and their inferences. Using this information should help you decide if the rest of the study if going to be relevant and if you should move ahead in reading the article (or give you reason to dread the fact that you have to rest the rest). 

The introduction should include a rationale for the study including background of the topic and previous research as well as aims, objectives and possibly a hypothesis. Making a mental or actual note of these things will help you check back to see if the authors ambitions were achieved by the end of the article. 

Materials and methods explain how research was conducted. This section should explain how the problem was studied – what procedures were used, what data was recorded and how – in enough detail that the study could be repeated by the person reading. This is an important section to read in order to consider if the means by which the results were achieved were appropriate. 

The results should explain what was found through reference to data. This section shouldn’t interpret the data or explain anything beyond the raw facts.  

The discussion is where research questions are answered, meaning of analysis and interpretations of the data are explained. Strengths and limitations of the study are outlined. The discussion should include how the results fit into context with other research in the subject area and the directions of future research. Keep in mind that discussions are interpretations, not necessarily facts. 

The conclusion should wrap up the findings. It should enable you to assess if the author reached the goals set out in the introduction. Consider if the discussion and conclusion included interpretations that were clearly based on data and analysis. Were the interpretations reasonable? Are there unanswered questions?  

If you still have unanswered questions, you may need to reread the article a second time. The second go around will make more sense if read in order because you’ll already have an idea (even if it’s a very vague idea) of what’s going on. The second read through will help you understand if it’s you that’s missing or misunderstanding something or if the article actually leaves questions unanswered. 

Peer reviewed journal articles can be seriously confusing, don’t hesitate to ask your professor for clarification on subject matter. Also, don’t hesitate to ask your professor how they read the articles, the most effective method might vary by discipline. Also, they’ve probably read hundreds if not thousands, they will likely have suggestions on how to read more effectively. 

Social Media Adventure

Despite our current esteemed editor’s desire to the contrary, social media isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And since our news team is comprised of opportunistic and ambitious people, The Quill will be more active this year online than we’ve been in the past in order to keep up with the demands of our audience. And to, you know, have an audience.

Of course this wasn’t an easy transition. It involved at least half an hour worth of worth struggling to remember what password worked and why Instagram decided we both had an account with our email already yet had no account with our email to reset our password. Which resulted in several minutes spent skimming their support before promptly abandoning their less than helpful (re: useless) FAQ and leaving feedback with a very disappointed frowny face. We however preserved and got our account set up. 

Twitter was a breeze once we figured out there was no salvaging our old one and started from scratch. Facebook was easy peazy. At this point we figured we’re somewhat getting the hang of this. Then of course we try to upload our profile picture of a quill- you know the very object we’re named after- without it being cut out or trimmed down. Not possible. Completely unachievable. Despite wandering onto dubious sites and downloading supposedly resized images, which optimistically don’t include any additional viruses, our photo remained determined to thwart our combined genius. After poisoning the air with exasperated and quickly resigned profanity we threw in the towel. Besides, you can still tell it’s a feather, so hopefully the connection between our name and our logo is evident. If not we’ll just be a circle with a pretty feather. 

Additionally, as of the time this article is being writing we can proudly boast two followers on Instagram! Yes, proudly. That’s truly where our bar is at, for the moment. Which is where you- students, faculty, and other various readers come in!

Now you may ask, is all of this just a long advertisement for our social media? Yes, yes it is. So while I have your attention you can find our Facebook account by looking up “The Quill” or @QuillBU, our Instagram @BUTheQuill, and our twitter @TheQuillBU. Follow us for reminders about events going on around campus, sports updates, and for general news. Our website is still up and running at thequill.ca where you can read full articles online and join our email list to be notified every time we publish an article. 

We hope this new platform proves more convenient for you, the readers. Any feedback can be sent to the Editor, Rob, at eic.thequill@gmail.com.

BUSU Meetings

By now the majority of new students have heard the term BUSU at least a handful of times. BUSU refers to the Brandon University Students Union that we have on campus. In exchange for the fees you pay them in your total tuition they provide a number of services. Some of these services include the health and dental plan, the Paw Pass and various activities/events held throughout the school year. In order to plan, discuss and evaluate these items the BUSU council meets regularly throughout the academic year. The BUSU Council is made up of the three executive members plus the remaining student directors. Executive positions include the Union President, Vice President Internal and Vice President External. As for director positions, each position represents either a certain faculty or group on campus. The student director positions include the Arts Director, Science Director, Education Director, Health Studies Director, Music Director, Graduate Studies Director, Part Time/Mature Director, Residence Director, Women's Director, Indigenous Peoples Director, International Students Director, Racialized Director, Queer Students Director and Accessibilities Director. Yes indeed, that is a lot of directors. 

Throughout the year each meeting, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the CLC Boardroom. The boardroom is located on the 2nd floor of the Knowles-Douglas Building, right across from offices of The Quill. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings in order to see where their money is going and how it is being spent. From time to time council may decide to go into an in camera meeting. This means that the public is not permitted to attend or participate in the deliberations. BUSU has yet to announce when the regular meetings will take place throughout the year. However it is expected an announcement will be made following the orientation activities week.

When the meeting begins the chair, the union President, will call the meeting to order and then proceed to take attendance. Each individual present will state their name and position. Following this the agenda will need to be adopted and approved and the meeting minutes from the previous council meeting will also need to be approved. Once these housekeeping duties are taken care of council will then proceed to the presentations section. Here students or organizations/clubs may give presentations or statements if they registered in advance. Following the presentations council will then proceed to hear the executive reports. Each of the three executive members of BUSU needs to submit a report on their activities and what has been happening in their jurisdictions. Following the executive reports each director will then have a chance to present their own report. These reports will give a broad overview of what has been happening in that director’s jurisdiction and what activities they have taken part in relating to their position. If there is any business arising from the reports council will discuss it after all the executive and director reports have been presented. Following the reports council will then proceed to discuss business relating to the three committees. These committees, which are made up of both executive members and directors, include the Policy and By-law committee, the Finances and Services committee and the Student Clubs, Activities and Campaigns committee. The issues of both Old Business and New Business come after the discussions of the three committees. Here the BUSU council will first deliberate any Old Business items, items that have been discussed in council previously, and then New Business items, items that have not been addressed in council before.  By this time the council meeting is ready to wrap up. Unless there is any business arising for council to attend to various announcements would be made at this time. Following the announcements, the chair would call for adjournment and the meeting would end.

If you are ever curious as to what BUSU is doing with your money your best bet is to attend one of these meetings! However, dry they may seem at times they are very informative and it allows you to get a glimpse into the inner workings of your student’s union.


Finding your way around campus

    Welcome freshman to the university life. You may have already noticed a few differences between B.U and your hometown high school, one of those being the size of your new school. Although we have one of the smaller campuses of all the Universities in Canada it might still seem a daunting task to navigate the many corridors and buildings in your first weeks of University. Have no fear you’ll get the lay of the land rather quickly and in no time you'll have as much trouble in finding classrooms as the star nosed mole has finding a drowning worm (look it up, it's cool). It never hurts to have just a little help along the way, so read on for a basic rundown of the layout of your campus.

    We begin with the George T. Richardson centre, this is where the library is located. Ensure that you make yourself familiar with all the study nooks and crannies located therein. Come exam time the library fills right up. I suggest the north stacks or the music library if you are looking for peace. Also in this building are the Indigenous Peoples Centre and the Evans theatre. You may enter the Music building through the Music library or at the north end of the McKenzie building. Music students have the best lounge located in the basement, go check it out. In the A.E. McKenzie building the hallway to the north of the library entrance, is where student services is located. These services are here to help you through your year, go talk to them if you are having trouble adapting to BU or need support in your classes. 

    If you are in the Arts program Clark Hall will most likely be the place where you're spending all of your time. If you prefer a more private location for studying or need a place to work on your group project, then plop a seat in one of the study rooms in the building. When your work is done you might have to drop off your papers in the Arts office. This room can be found at the south end of the building. If you leave by the doors next to the Arts office and head to the building south of you, where you end up is the Knowles Douglas building. BUSU, Forbidden Flavours, the book store, and of course The Quill office are all located here. Travel a little farther and you'll make it to the Brody Building, where Science happens!  Check out the many club rooms, but beware of the NUCLEUS (they have nerf guns). All joking aside, if you are in the Sciences you'll need to know where to find Jerome. He's on the 2nd floor. 

    Aside from these places you still have the gym, Education, and Health studies buildings. The best thing to do is just to go out and explore the campus yourself. You will be spending quite a chunk of your life here at BU so you may as well get familiar with the layout of the campus early on.

On the Shoulder’s of Giants

Tucked away in the comparatively uneventful, prairie located city of Brandon Manitoba, Brandon University is no Harvard or Western, but we do have our own graduates to brag about that got their start to greatness here. In case any of you were doubting your small investment of your souls and financial stability, there is potential and possibility.
    For starters we have the renowned Tommy Douglas, for those of you who aren’t aware this Brandon University alumni was the head of the party responsible for introducing Canada’s enviable healthcare system. Side note he was also a journalist for the student newspaper, clearly an indication of greatness. Other notable politicians who have attended BU include Brian Pallister the current Premier of Manitoba, Walter Dinsdale a politician noted for his work alongside disabled people, and Merv Tweed an MP from 2004-2013 for the Brandon-Souris constituency.

Stepping outside of politics, we’ve got Betty Gibson, whose name you might be familiar with due to the elementary school named in her honour here in Brandon. She was highly influential in contributing to the mathematics and language arts programs in Manitoba, she also boasted two children’s novels and was introduced to the Brandon University Hall of Fame back in 2003.

The next notable member in our list includes Errol Black, author, professor, activist, and city councillor. Proud writer and editor of the book “Building a Better World: An Introduction to Trade Unionism in Canada” published in 2008, he analyzes the existence of unions in the Canadian labour force and various phenomenon which challenge unions.

You want fame? We’ve got famous. School of music graduate, actress and singer Allison Hossack has appeared in popular media ranging from the TV series “Another World” to “Supernatural”. Sports more your thing? True to the Canadian dream, Bachelor of Arts holder Andy Murray graduated from Brandon university and went on to become an NHL head coach for teams such as the LA Kings and St. Louis Blues. He even received the honorary degree Doctor of Laws from BU in May 2017. 

Receiving points for creativity, Olivia Poole a student of music at Brandon College, she invented the “Jolly Jumper” in 1910. The Ojibway woman grew up on the White Earth Indian Reservation and drawing inspiration from her indigenous customs she successfully designed Jolly Jumper using an ax handle, steel spring and cloth diaper. She became one of the first indigenous women to patent an invention in the year 1957.

Brandon University may be small but we’ve got our success stories scattered all across the board. With luck and dedication (along with all nighters and cram sessions) you can join the list of triumphant alumni. Best of luck wherever you end up!

 

Senior Colloquium PSA

Are you a third or fourth year student ready to unveil your best writing or most interesting research project? Submit to this year’s BU Senior Student Colloquium, taking place Monday, April 9th. Work can be presented as a presentation, poster, or any medium most appropriate for the discipline.

The colloquium provides a supportive and scholarly environment for sharing your work while honing academic presentation and discussion skills. It is also an opportunity to share these academic accomplishments with your friends, families, and colleagues.

Student presenters are eligible to receive one of four $240 prizes for the best paper or poster. Research essays may also be entered for the Dean’s Awards for Undergraduate Research Excellence, with awards valued at up to $500.

Submit a proposal that includes the title, brief description presentation, the course number, and instructor for which the paper was prepared. The proposal should also indicate if the submission is for a podium presentation or poster. Podium presentations should be no more than 15 minutes in length. Arts students may submit their proposals to Emily Holland (hollande@brandonu.ca), and science students to Nicholas Watier (watiern@brandonu.ca); proposals should be submitted as an email attachment by Wednesday, March 21st, 2018. Any questions regarding the submission or presentation can be directed to the corresponding faculty member.

RGC Among The Sleep

Idon’t really play horror games myself, but I certainly like to watch other people play them. Among the Sleep is marketed as a horror game, but it’s one that I’m excited to play.

Told from the perspective of a toddler, you wander through your house collecting things to find your mom. You find a series of memories while being chased by two monsters: the first three levels feature a ghostly lady who hums and blurs your vision when she comes near. The final level features a monstrous woman in a trench coat who grabs you if you’re caught. Instant game over.

Your only companion through the game is your teddy bear (Teddy), a birthday gift from your father. Hugging him gives you light and soothes some of your fears.

I’m not going to lie, I spent a lot of time during the first play through thinking that Teddy was a bad guy.

As you’re searching for the memories, if you’re spotted by one of the monsters, your only solutions are to run away or to hide under a piece of furniture. There’s no way to fight them off, because you’re a toddler.

The mystery behind the monster is really sad, actually. It turns out, as evidenced by the toddler’s perspective (and all of the empty wine bottles spread out around the house) that Mom is an alcoholic because Mom and Dad are divorced. The floating, humming monster is drunk mom, wandering aimlessly throughout the house, while stomping, scary monster is hungover mom.

The game ends with the toddler and Teddy being rescued by Dad, which to me is a happy ending.

Quintilius

Dear Quintilius,

         Daylight saving time.. Why?? I have to rise an hour earlier now and I am not impressed.

Sincerely, WTF

#MBTimeChangeSux

 

Dear Lost In Time,

Daylight saving time (DST) was designed for the pleasure of the average citizen. It was a strategy created by governments to give citizens the illusion that they have an extra hour of sunlight in the summertime. Sure, you have to rise an hour earlier, but you get an extra hour in the evening of sunlight.

Although many societies do use the DST, many others do not. It is largely based around the concept of work. In industrialized societies we base our work hours on a 9:00AM-5:00PM work schedule, but in agrarian societies you base your schedule around the length of daylight hours.

DST is not a universal idea and it is neither scientifically more accurate nor beneficial to society. It is a trick placed on people by the businesses and governments they serve.

Ancient Rome? Ancient Rome had 24 hours, 1 through to 24, which did not change positions. DST is absolutely ridiculous. In Ancient Rome the hours just changed lengths. Sometimes hours could be as short as 44 minutes or as long as 75 minutes.

Pfft, saving daylight? Saving daylight is about as crazy of a mission as saving Private Ryan. Instead of saving a singular person for the cost of 6 men, why not just let Matt Damon make his own fate? Are we really willing to sacrifice Tom Hanks? We should instead be following the Saskatchewan method of not giving a shit about time.

 

#GappersHaveItRight

All Salute The Eternal City,

 

Qunitilius of Rome

Pop Culture Queer Eye

If you watch Netflix and you haven’t seen Queer Eye yet- consider this your official invitation.

Queer eye is essentially a make over show. A guy gets nominated to get a make over, and ta da- The Fab Five Appear and help the man in five areas of his life: Fashion with Tan France, Grooming with Jonathan van Ness, Food and Wine with Antoni Porowski, Culture with Karamo Brown, and Interior Design with Bobby Berk.

So essentially, it’s a make-over show but even in the first episode it displays itself as so much more than that.

It takes toxic masculinity and throws. It. Out. The. Door. You want men who are encouraged to freely express their emotions? Check. Genuine dialogue? Yup. Stereotypes being ripped apart and thrown out the door? They got it. Self care for men being encouraged as a way to take care of themselves as opposed to simply being ‘gay’? Jonathan is dedicated to that.

They don’t avoid difficult subjects. “Dega Don’t” has Karamo Brown off to a rocky start after he’s pulled over by the nominee’s cop friend and the five later go on to find multiple Trump and Pence 2016 signs scattered in the house. In a car ride with the nominee he brings up the relationship of the cops with people of colour and the two are given the opportunity to discuss it one on one during the car ride. In the Camp Family episode the religiously active nominee and Bobby talk about the issues the church has with homosexuality. Bring tissues to that one.

Of course, it’s not all so deep, the Fab Five dig through closets and model headbands, and chase each other around the house with glitter and silly string. Dance together, poke good humoured fun at their current nominee, and they ask the real questions of their nominee’s, like “Why is there a ceramic kitten under a grown man’s bed?”

There’s only one season for the time being on Netflix, and there’s no official information as to when the second season with be released (It better be a when and not “if”), but each episode is an hour long and there’s eight episodes so it’s a perfect for a small Netlfix Binge.

You’re welcome.

Pets Stress Makers Or Stress Breakers

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted a cat. I love those whiskered, hairy little bastards. They’re soft, and when they choose you, they are the cuddliest creatures ever. They also have sharp nails and just generally do whatever the hell they want. Recently, I got a furry demon of my own named Wonton.

I suffer from anxiety and a touch of depression, neither of which shame me (brains suck sometimes), but they do get in the way of my every day life sometimes. I’ve done research, and pets can help with calming down anxiety attacks. Therefore, I view pets as a stress breaker. Unfortunately, many landlords in our fair city disagree.

For landlords, a bad pet owner can ruin the concept of having a pet friendly place for eternity. For them, pets are total stress makers. They have the potential to scratch up the walls and the carpets (if anyone knows how to get Wonton to use his scratch post rather than the carpeted stairs, please let me know), or ruin screened windows or doors, or even stain carpets with urine or feces.

For concerned pet owners, these are also stress makers. We don’t want our pets to be untrained and ruin things, but sometimes things happen during the training process. Responsible pet owners will, as a rule, do their best to fix or replace things their pets have wrecked, but all it takes is that one guy who doesn’t give a flying rat’s ass about rented property that wrecks it for everyone.

I live in a pet friendly apartment. I paid a pet deposit and pay a monthly “pet rent”. My cat is kind of a jerk sometimes, but he’s a kitten, and the occasional jerk moment is to be expected. We’re doing our best to keep him from permanently damaging the apartment, and in general, he’s a stress breaker for me. He sits on my lap and purrs in the morning after breakfast, and he plays with me in the evening after I’m done work. He’s soft, sweet, and just the best.

Eleven More Sounds

Hello all art fans out there and everyone else! Thursday, March 8th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM marked the opening reception to a student thesis art exhibition, Eleven More Sounds, by Jimmie Kilpatrick. Eleven More Sounds exhibition opens from March 8th to the 18th and is located at the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of the Art at 2021 Victoria Avenue, Brandon MB. The gallery is open daily from 2:00PM to 6:00PM.

Eleven More Sounds is a body of work which focuses on sound and perception. The artworks throughout this exhibition highlight various sound events. Some works examine sounds that come from unexpected sources such as vacuum cleaners and household furniture. Others are silent pieces using visual language to describe sound.

Kilpatrick is a thesis student at Brandon University, studying toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Kilpatrick is also a touring musician who performs internationally under the stage moniker “Shotgun Jimmie.”

The artworks in this exhibition combine elements of performance, sculpture, video, installation and sound art. Eleven More Sounds is a body of work that allows sounds to be perceived as a material thing that can be seen and touched.

It’s sure to be great, so come out and enjoy some art!

Book Review A Study In Charlotte

I recently finished reading A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. It is the first in the Charlotte Holmes Mysteries, and is a combination of a retelling and an alternate universe contemporary/mystery for young adults.

The story takes place at Sherringford Hall, a boarding school in Connecticut, and stars James “Jamie” Watson and Charlotte Holmes, descendents of the original Dr. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes. Charlotte belongs to the illustrious Holmes family, who has been training their children in the arts of deduction since the time of their infamous forebear. Jamie is the product of a broken home, attends Sherringford on a rugby scholarship, and hasn’t seen his father in several years — until a bully, Lee Dobson, who lives in the same dorm as him is killed shortly after an altercation between the two boys over Charlotte.

Of course, Charlotte and Jamie are implicated in the murder, and spend the remainder of the novel solving the case to clear their names.

Things get more complicated when it is discovered that the murderer is emulating the old Sherlock Holmes mysteries (written by Jamie’s great-great-great-grandfather, the original Dr. Watson), and it all gets worse when more violent crimes in the style of Sherlock Holmes stories crop up around campus. Everyone is a suspect and the only people Jamie and Charlotte can trust are each other. (Seriously, they go from Charlotte hating Jamie to them describing one another as ‘best friends’ in record time.)

The characters were a little bit two-dimensional, in that Jamie is very singularly focused on Charlotte, and Charlotte herself was viewed through Jamie’s rose coloured glasses and therefore exceptionally Mary-Sue-ish. I don’t really buy the concept of Charlotte consuming all of Jamie’s thoughts so thoroughly within such a short period of time that he doesn’t even think of his own interests — rugby, for instance, is barely mentioned, despite being the thing Jamie allegedly has a scholarship for. In addition to these writing flaws, Cavallaro doesn’t write Jamie like a teenage boy. Even for a Brit, he’s too prim and proper (in my opinion).

Personally, I found the novel fun, but super cheesy. There was an unnecessary romance that built between Jamie and Charlotte for no real reason other than they’re a male and a female with heteronormative sexual preferences, and all of the secondary characters may as well have not been there for all that they were interacted with past the first fifty pages.

There was a really weird plot twist that didn’t have much to do with anything near the end, which I won’t give away in case there are any other fans of YA soft lit out there.

Cavallaro has written two more Charlotte Holmes Mysteries, The Last of August and A Case for Jamie, the last of which was released just last week. I personally rated A Study in Charlotte a 3.5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads, and I do plan on picking up the other two books at some point in the near future.