OP/ED: Canadian Blood Services

OP/ED: Canadian Blood Services

I’m a proud supporter of the Canadian Blood Service. I’ve only been able to make a dozen successful donations since I turned 18 due in part to the rules in place for said donations – you have to wait six months post-tattoo, and your iron level has to be at least 126. I like tattoos, and I’m mildly anaemic, but I still try to donate every few months.

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Escape the Final Countdown: New Year, New Rooms

Escape the Final Countdown: New Year, New Rooms

Escape rooms are all the rage right now, made popular by an episode of the Big Bang Theory in which the gang solves the puzzle in about four minutes. It is not quite that simple in reality. The goal is to escape the room within 60 minutes, to do this you must find a series of clues and puzzles that will lead you to the solution and your escape.

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A day on the job with the Canadian Animal Blood Bank

Byron doesn’t stop smiling. From the minute he rushes into the exam room of the Brandon Hills Veterinary Clinic and scrambles up onto the table, to when he makes a mad dash for the door ten minutes later, there is a permanent grin on his face, his tail happily wagging behind him. It’s a good day – he’s just given blood.

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The Wal-Mart Supercentre: Yea or nay?

Brandon’s Wal-Mart located in the Corral Centre on 18th Street was recently upgraded to a Supercentre, benefiting students living nearby who are in need of, well, virtually anything. Known for providing shoppers with affordable prices, “Wally World” finally caters to all your possible shopping needs—from that hamster wheel your beloved (and now obese) rodent Fluffy has been missing or a fabulously cherry car freshener to a $10 classic like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to fill your Friday night.

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Review: The Double Decker Tavern

File photo. The Double Decker Tavern on Rosser Avenue. (Holly Kalyniuk / The Quill)

After a hectic, jam-packed week of performing the typical duties of a student (working a part-time job when you should be studying, studying instead of sleeping, house-cleaning in hopes of conquering a never-ending mess, and engaging in extra-curricular activities that have begun to lose their appeal), sometimes restoring balance means a relaxed weekend outing in the company of friends. If that’s the case, regardless of whether you prefer beer, or no alcohol at all, The Double Decker Tavern on Rosser Avenue offers an excellent atmosphere for your much-needed recuperation.

Established in 1994, The Decker features a daily special and a classic menu spiked with specialities like the shrimp basket, zucchini sticks, the Big Ben Burger (on the kids’ menu), bangers and mash, and “Sinfully Scotland” (deep fried Mars bars). For less curious visitors with hunger pains, there are several more standard options available, like a taco wrap, a ham and cheese sandwich, onion rings, and a plentiful nacho platter. With over ten different flavors of chicken wings, every wing-lover will be more than satisfied.  There are even vegetarian options available. Finally, complete your meal with any of the 14 beers readily available on tap, including their own brew, the Double Decker Lager. Another incentive is The Decker’s student deal, whereby students receive 10% off their entire bill on Thursday and Friday upon producing a valid student ID.

The staff is consistently courteous and professional, serving customers in a timely manner and handling less-than-properly-functioning patrons with something comparable to grace. The comfortable atmosphere is made all the more so by the tasteful music playing throughout the pub, which strays far enough from popular radio hits to keep guests pleasantly at-ease. The pool tables and dart board encourage friendly (and inebriated) competition that can invoke booing in epic proportions across the entire upper level.

Rivalry between The Dock on Princess and the Double Decker begs the question of which pub packs the greater punch. While similar in atmosphere, the more constricted layout of the Decker creates a warmer feel, as opposed to The Dock’s large, open billiards area. However, The Dock offers the “Long Nights on The Dock”, a specialty brew which amalgamates alcoholic beverages which theoretically shouldn’t taste as delicious together as they do, and which could easily challenge the Decker’s house lager. Customer service is equally as pleasant in both establishments, and their menus are similar in their differences. In the end, which is the ‘best’ boils down to personal preference, which is usually arbitrarily decided by factors beyond the control of food, faculty or management.

Contrary to rumors mentioned in an earlier review, The Decker will continue to feature live music on Friday and Saturday nights. In the past, everything from jazz to rock has hit the stage, as well as various cover bands like Midlife Crisis and 2012 Brandon Summer Fair Battle of the Bands finalist Out F’ Sync, with some of the upcoming performances featuring local talents Sebastian Owl, Young Pixels, and Young Folk.

For a full calendar of events, visit the Decker’s official website.

Republished from The Quill print edition, Volume 103, Issue 23, March 5, 2013.

‘Safer Ground?’: thought-provoking, touching, terrific

On February 28th, James Forsythe’s powerful production Safer Ground? premiered at the Evans Theatre. Containing both harrowing and heartwarming verbatim accounts from Afghan refugees and Canadian soldiers, it chronicled radically diverse events in the lives of the two groups and was “in many ways a quintessential Canadian play,” according to Forsythe.

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A glimpse into the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival

The Ukrainian Pavilion, located in the Ukrainian Reading Association Hall on Assiniboine Avenue, entertained guests with traditional song, dance, drink and mouth-watering dishes throughout the course of Brandon’s Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival, and on the final night, the building was filled with the lively music late into the night.

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The Producers: Absolutely Hilarious

From January 24th to 27th, Brandon’s 7 Ages Productions brought to life the hilarious, and arguably offensive comedy, The Producers. Originally a 1968 film, The Producers was brilliantly adapted into a play by Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, and Spaceballs) and Thomas Meehan (Annie and Hairspray), hitting Broadway with Nathan Lane (MouseHunt and voice roles in The Lion King) and Matthew Broderick (Farris Beuler’s Day Off) taking the reins as money-hungry Max Bialystock and the mewling, incompetent Leo Bloom.

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Shopping and services near BU

Whether you are looking for a carton of milk for your cereal or a container of ice cream for your late-night stress-induced cravings, it can be hard to find a grocery store within a fifteen-minute walk from campus. While larger shopping centres can be found at both the north and south ends of Brandon in the Corral Centre and the Shoppers Mall, they are at minimum twenty-five minutes away on foot.

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