Page 1

Published by the Centennial College Student Association Inc.

MENTAL HEALTH COUNTS TOO! PAGES 10-11 NEW LOOK FITNESS CENTRE PAGE 15

The Model of Possibility: Resilience PAGES 16-17

l

January 2019, VOL 23 ISSUE 03


Photographer

Journalist

Graphic Designer

The Courier is looking for contributors to write, design or take pictures of anything Centennial College. Get some experience, get a little money and get your work published.

Email gmosher@centennialcollege.ca


Index The Year End Glow Party had all the elements for a good time; three DJs, a light show, glow sticks and lots of dancing. Students could choose from Bollywood/Bhangra, Dancehall/Soca, or Hip Hop/Top 40 on their headphones. Take a look at the photos from the party. Pages 6-7

4

CCSAI President Sam Casais welcomes you to a new semester and highlights some opportunities to get involved. With elections on the horizon too, keep following to find out how you can run.

5

The beginning of the winter semester is an exciting time. Check out our events calendar to see what we have lined up and visit our website and social media to stay up-to-date.

8

Did you know the CCSAI provides free legal advice? You can get your legal questions answered, get notarized documents, affidavits and more!

10

It can be difficult to access mental health resources because of stigma, availability and many other reasons. Here are some extra supports available to Centennial students.

12

The clubs profile for this issue focuses on the Japanese Cultural Club. Alex Nguyen spoke with us to let us know what they're up to and to give students some advice.

6 14

Health is a major priority for many in the Centennial community. We bring you some tips to stay on track and meet your fitness goals as the winter semester begins.

MASTHEAD

15

Some big changes have come to the AWC Fitness Centre at Progress campus. We give you a peek at the new look for 2019.

16

Centennial College's first TEDx Talk was a massive success. We bring you the student experience from the event and the message of resiliency the talks focused on.

18

Students at SAC held a vigil to honour the eleven lives lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and to discuss how the tragedy affects for Canadians.

19

What do the stars have in store for you to start 2019? We share with you what you can look forward to and what you should be doing to be successful.

Editor-In-Chief Geoffrey Mosher Graphic Designers Lora Denis Jaime MuĂąoz Fernanda Oliveira Natalia Borensztejn Contributors Zainab Chunawala Joshua Miller Rashida Powankumar Jay Ramirez Aaron Rothermund Ron Simeon

QUESTIONS/ CONCERNS? Geoffrey Mosher Communications CCSAI 416-289-5000 Ext. 8713 gmosher@centennialcollege.ca


BOARD

CALENDAR

SERVICES

Letter from the

PRESIDENT

GALLERY

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

If you’re a new student, welcome to Centennial! If you’re a returning student, welcome back from the holiday break! It’s winter semester and soon we’ll be covered in snow if we aren’t already. If this is your first winter in Canada, I hope you enjoy doing snow angels and having snowball fights! But remember to be safe by wearing appropriate winter clothing and walking in safe, designated pathways. Some of the things you can look forward to this semester are the multiple events, club and co-curricular opportunities during Engagement Week in February. If you attended our Annual General Meeting in October or have kept up-to-date with the Courier, you probably know that this year, our Board of Directors committed to complete seven deliverables. Make sure you attend our Special General Meeting at the beginning of February to hear an update on each deliverable. In February, the CCSAI will open applications to run for elected positions on our Board of Directors. If you are passionate about students' success and want to work towards improving how CCSAI caters to student needs, this is your opportunity to join! Make sure you keep an eye out for posters and social media posts as well as information on our website regarding the nomination, campaign and election dates!

SAM CASAIS, PRESIDENT CCSAI SCASAIS@CENTENNIALCOLLEGE.CA 416-289-5000 EXT. 2324

You can also sign up to volunteer with us by filling out the volunteer form on our website. Reach out to us at any time through email, phone, or drop by our offices at any moment!

4

SCAN ME!

or visit: ccsai.ca/volunteer-app


BOARD

CALENDAR

SERVICES

GALLERY

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

Januaryand 16 February WILD N OUT AT CCSAI

JAN

21

JAN

Progress Campus Main Events Hall Cast members of MTV’s Wild N Out are coming to CCSAI! Join us for an awesome comedy show, great music, and dope vibes!

GOAL GETTER BOOTH Ashtonbee Campus CCSAI Lounge 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.

Winter Events

24

JAN

Learn about the value of self-care practices and resources that you can utilize to refocus your energy on your goals.

28

JAN

WINTER INTERMURAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE Progress Campus

29

JAN

Sign up individually as a free agent or create a team of a minimum 8 and a maximum of 12 players. Free to join!

18

FEB

All Campuses Celebrate Family Day spending time with your families and friends. All campuses will be closed on this day.

Progress Campus 12 P.M. to 4 P.M.

JAN

Students can sign up to sing, dance, do stand up comedy, play an instrument or showcase any of their special talents.

25

FEB

THE THRONE OF GAMES Progress Campus Main Events Hall 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.

28

JAN

Join us for a line-up of games, challenges and contest. Come in and be ready to play hard and win big!

01

RE:TOUR (REAL CAMPUS TOUR) Progress Campus Main Events Hall

FEB

A day of sharing, listening, and seeing first-hand how our mental health challenges are far more normal than we think.

Athletics & Recreation

FAMILY DAY

28

PROGRESS OPEN MIC

HEALTH PLAN: ADD DEPENDENT & OPT OUT DEADLINE FIRST SEMESTER DOMESTIC STUDENTS For more information and to add your dependents or opt out visit the site wespeakstudent.com.

26

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT WEEK

FEB

All Campuses Student Engagement Week for Winter 2019 happens between February 25th and March 1st. Check the events schedule available online!

SKI AND SNOWBOARD TRIPS Progress Campus

Ashtonbee Campus 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Similar to a speed dating activity, students will be given 'getting to know you' questions to answer.

05

FEB

LUNAR NEW YEAR All Campuses Join us to celebrate the Lunar New Year! We welcome you to share in the exchange of cultures and experience Lunar New Year traditions found throughout Asia.

GET EVENTS INFORMATION AT CCSAI.CA/EVENTS

Athletics & Recreation February 26th at Blue Mountain; and February 27th at Horseshoe Valley. $75 + HST. For full details, visit www.gocoltsrec.ca.

5

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: SPEED CONVERSATIONS

facebook.com/ccsai

@ccsai @ccsaitoronto


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

Photography: Jay Ramirez Do you ever have trouble deciding on a song? Imagine trying to pick for a party with hundreds of people! The Year End Glow Party had a solution though; three different DJs, three different genres and headphones that let you pick the one that you want. Add in a light show, glow effects and your friends and you can see it was a great way to end the semester.

66

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

7

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

information

plan

document

FREE LEGAL ADVICE

meeting

By: Geoffrey Mosher

Free Legal Advice is in high demand and is by appointment only. Make sure to book an appointment as soon as you can to avoid any issues with scheduling or timing.

It’s free! Often we’ll have students coming in that are getting something notarized or an affidavit sworn and they’ll say "I wish I had of known this service was here because I just paid $75 to have this done elsewhere." A fair amount of what we do are affidavits for OSAP applications, they want a pretty standard format. If you go elsewhere to get it done they may not know that format. So they’ll often go somewhere else, pay for it, and then have to have it redone.

with respect to any legal issue; notarizing documents, preparing and drafting affidavits, letters for invitation home, or for parents coming for graduation. There’s a broad range of legal issues that we can deal with, and if we can’t deal with it ourselves we can typically send someone in the right direction.

Room A1-06 Tuesdays 12:30-2:45

Progress Campus Student Centre 2 Floor Tuesdays 9:15-11:30 nd

lawyer

planning

court

justice support

Why should you take advantage of free legal advice?

We spoke to Meghan Greenfield from the law firm Himelfarb Proszanski about this service. On top of that we can at least lead people in the right direction

Ashtonbee Campus

discussion

assistance guidance

Do you need documents notarized? Do you have a tenantlandlord issue? Are you looking for advice on a legal matter? The CCSAI offers free legal advice to all fulltime students who are currently enrolled. All you need is your valid student card at the time of your appointment.

service

legal

expert

Services Spotlight:

HOROSCOPES

Morningside Campus Due to the extremely high demand for the Free Legal Advice service the CCSAI has been testing out appointments one day a month at Morningside Campus. Please follow us for updates or any changes to the regular availability at Ashtonbee, Progress and Morningside Campuses. If you have any questions please contact your local CCSAI office.

8

What documents do I need to bring to an appointment? Always bring two pieces of ID, one with a photo – a health card is not acceptable – a driver’s license, or a passport, or any other kind of photo ID. The secondary piece can be your bankcard or your Visa, something with your full name on it. Another issue that we sometimes have is if you are asking us to notarize something we are confirming that we have seen an original. So we need to have the original document there. The CCSAI office can help you with photocopying if you need it. I would recommend that if people are coming in for legal advice maybe they could request a little more time (two slots perhaps). For example, if we are drafting a letter to a landlord ,it might take a little more than just 15 minutes because by the time you get to understand the actual issue to enable us to do something about it. We don’t do criminal law. Anyone who has come in for criminal law, typically we are just advising them that there are legal aid services. It’s a very specific area of law and we don’t practice it.


SERVICES

support

help

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

guidance

service meeting

help

advice consultant

CLUBS

justice planning document legal

plan

discussion

lawyer

law

GALLERY

expert

CALENDAR

strategy

document

BOARD

plan court

consultant

strategy

What does the OSAP affidavit entail?

To book an appointment, call:

Typically they put through their application to OSAP then they will come back with a question on martial status. If someone is common law or separated or if someone has lost their marriage certificate we can provide any affidavit they would require.

CCSAI offices at Progress campus: 416-289-5000 ext. 2245

Support for children is another big one that comes up. With respect to that they have to prove who they are, and the details. So if we were, for example, proving if someone is separated and that they are solely supporting their two children then ideally we’d have the marriage certificate with the dates on that, the date of separation and documents to prove the children’s full names.

CCSAI offices at Ashtonbee campus: 416-289-5000 ext. 5044 / 7308

Topics for Advice: • Family law • Debt issues • Landlord and tenant conflicts • Corporate law • Real estate

For more information:

SCAN ME! or visit: www.ccsai.ca/services/ free-legal-advice

• Intellectual property issues • Immigration • Wills • Problems with government agencies

Typically those appointments are only 15 minutes long, as long as they have all their documents and they know what it is they are coming in to get help with, we can get them in and out pretty quickly. Is there anything you would like students to know before they reach out? Provide as much information that they feel comfortable with to the staff at the CCSAI office because the more we know when they are coming in, the better. It also gives them an idea of what questions we might be asking so they are better prepared because sometimes the 15 minutes isn’t a lot if they don’t know what the gist of the problem is.

9


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

Mental Health Counts Too! GET TO KNOW YOUR COVERAGE By: Joshua Miller

Campus mental health and proper access to services is an important issue that is affecting an increasing number of students. In 2014 the National College Health Assessment provided a snapshot of mental health among post-secondary students in Ontario. According to the snapshot, more than 25 per cent had reported feeling so depressed that it was difficult to function, and almost 50 per cent report having felt overwhelming anxiety, both within the last year of when the study was taken. Understanding this, what are universities and colleges such as Centennial College doing to address it in their health coverage to students?

Before diving into mental health coverage provided to domestic students, we must first better understand the overall health coverage that domestic students receive across Centennial College. WeSpeakStudent and Real Campus Services provide healthcare coverage at Centennial College. All domestic students at Centennial College automatically receive coverage under the healthcare plan when they enroll in their program. WeSpeakStudent offers prescription drug, dental, vision, travel coverage, accidental benefits, and extended benefits as well as a student wellness program.

 10


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

SOME IMPORTANT NUMBERS TO KNOW:

Toni Ellul, services advisor for the CCSAI, explained the health plan and offered some further details about the program.

$1200 per year of coverage for prescription drugs

“Students pay $75 per semester to a maximum $150 and are covered right to the end of August,” Ellul said. “However, a student does have the option of opting out if they have coverage elsewhere.”

$500 for clinical psychologist and/or speech therapist $400 for basic, preventative, or minor restorative dental

Students who do opt out will still be covered under accidental death benefits. Students also have the option of adding dependents to their plan. The deadline for this is the same as the opt-out deadline.

The add dependent/opt-out deadline for first semester domestic students is Feb. 1, 2019.

$80 for a general eye exam $100 for prescribed lenses

MENTAL HE ALTH SERVICES

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

When it comes to accessing those services Shift:Collab has a central care coordination team that can be accessed through the official app, through online or text chat, and finally by calling into their 24/7 call center. Stigma can be a contributing factor to the issue of accessing mental health services. Axani believes the importance in offering mental health services through the plan is both about meeting the demand of students who need the service but also recognizing that it can be a vulnerable experience to use services at one’s school. By offering these services external to those provided by one’s school provides another outlet for students to comfortably access those services.   When it comes to what students should know about their healthcare coverage, Axani gives three bits of advice: 1. Be aware of what’s available to you. 2. There is no such thing as it's not bad enough to go to counselling.

Real Campus Services provides mental health services to meet the great demand of students as part of the health plan for domestic students at Centennial College. Real Campus Services is the result of a partnership between WeSpeakStudent, Maple, and Shift:Collab, a provider and educator of mental health services with 60 mental healthcare professionals operating across North America. We caught up with Jordan Axani, Co-Founder and Partner at Shift:Collab, to get details on the company and Real Campus Services coverage. “All students have access to on-demand therapy sessions, 30 minute therapy sessions only available through the app, and full therapy sessions over the phone or in person,” Axani explained. Services also include career and life coaching, academic, addiction, financial, legal, crisis and various other forms of counselling.

11

3. Don’t be afraid to reach out even if you don’t know what you need. We have a culture around mental health in Canada where we are afraid to reach out unless we know what we need. We have a care team that is there for that. For more information on WeSpeakStudent, visit www.ccsai.ca/health-plan or come to your campus’ CCSAI office to speak with a staff member. For more information on Real Campus Services, visit: www.Realcampus.ca/centennial.


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

Japanese cultural club By: Geoffrey Mosher

Alex Nguyen Culinary Management Student Publicity Director for the Japanese Cultural Club

What was the process behind the founding of the club? We all started from a branch of the Anime Guild. The Anime Guild focuses on a subculture of Japan itself, but again we had our own ideas where we wanted students at Centennial College to fully understand what is Japan? Who is Japan? And how is Japan doing? We want people to experience the real, full Japan. It was a fun experience to have.

The Japanese Cultural Club offers the students of Centennial College the opportunity to expand their horizons and explore a new culture, while enjoying an exciting learning opportunity! It will also connect students that are interested in Japanese culture, and perhaps even prepare students for a future career in relation to the Japanese, a technological powerhouse!

How did you find the process? It was very simple. We sat down, talked, and had a couple of unofficial meetings where we weren’t even a club yet. We did some training with CCSAI for people who had never been part of a council before on how to run a club. We moved on to discuss our way to approach our audience. How should we show them what our club is representing? We started recruiting members by advertising, dropping flyers, and posting online.

12


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

What kind of activities and programs does the club offer?

Who do you think should check the club out?

We had a Japanese class with an instructor from the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Our next plan is to have some more traditional Japanese festivals going on; in Japanese they call them “Omatsuri.�

I would recommend this for everyone. Everyone deserves a chance to learn about Japan, Japanese people and their culture. As long as you enjoy Japan, you have passion, you want to learn then we are welcoming you in.

We will from time to time have a field trip to Japanese related sites like traditional Japanese restaurants, or participate in Japanese themed locations for example JTown during their festival. We plan to expand, to bring more people in.

Our club is still young; we hope in the future that you would consider joining us to build a strong bond in our club together. We hope to have a great time throughout our adventures in Japanese culture.

13

HOROSCOPES


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

NEW YEAR,

NEW ME!

Every year, people look to be better than they were the year before. One of the most common resolutions is “getting fit”. Getting fit can mean something different for everyone. Most commonly it's finally getting that summer body or losing those last ten or more pounds that crept up over time. January is known to be the most popular time to join the gym. Whether it be a goal of losing weight, gaining muscle, getting stronger, etc. many people start the New Year with the best intentions of getting fit. Although it is a great resolution to have for the New Year, it is expected that most people fall off the wagon by the time the snow starts to melt. One source showed that 4% of "resolutioners" don’t make it past January, 14% fall off in February, and close to 80% of people who joined the gym in January have quit within five months. The trend of joining the gym is on the rise, but the amount of people sticking to their New Year’s resolutions is still a trouble most people go through. Best of luck to everyone trying to improve their health and fitness goals any time of year! If you need a hand with health and fitness planning feel free to get in touch. Ron Simeon / rsimeon@centennialcollege.ca AWC Personal Trainer

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

Here are some tips on how to stay on track in 2019.

1 2

Write Down Your Goals

Write a short-term goal like: gym attendance consistency, drinking more water, or getting more sleep. Write a long-term goal like: losing 30lbs, reducing blood pressure, or being able to do 30 push-ups. Post these goals in a place where you can see them regularly.

Keep a Food Journal

When you keep a food journal, it helps keep you accountable for what goes into your body and may help you see patterns throughout your weekly diet

Use an app like: http://www. myfitnesspal.com or other similar applications. This will help educate you in how many calories and macronutrients are in your foods.

3 4

Get Some Help!

Gyms often offer free personal training assessments that can help jump-start your journey. Hire a Personal Trainer and get a personalized plan.

On top of all the amazing benefits a trainer can bring, they can help improve your chances of making it past the initial New Year’s resolution hype.

Don't Fall For Fad Diets

Whether it be the Ketogenic, Atkins, Paleo, etc. the best solution for someone just getting started is a realistic, sustainable diet that for most is as simple as gradually improving your choice of foods. Drastic changes often lead to failure. Small gradual changes in diet are best for long term sustainability.

Start with small changes like: drinking more water, reducing added sugars, and eating breakfast.


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

By: Geoffrey Mosher

Some big changes have come to the Fitness Centre at the Progress “We consulted with Athletic and Recreation’s athletic therapist who is also Campus AWC. We’ve remodeled the Fitness Centre to become more the varsity strength and conditioning coordinator about our plan.” Joshua Delgado, Fitness Services Coordinator at the AWC, explains. convenient. There is a new Fitness Zone with a number of new pieces of equipment, “Before the fitness zone was created, A&R would book a studio and the studio is glass on four sides. Them trying to do dynamic work in such a small updated machines and gear to serve you better. glass space was not optimal for so many reasons. So they now book and The gear was chosen to support a few things: reserve that space at certain times and they can bring in their teams and • A higher-end athletic trainer zone for our services menu, plus varsity have their coordinated strength and conditioning programming. Having the varsity teams given a proper space to train will only help them and programming and some possible future projects. it helps everyone.” • It’s given a boost to help the general membership. We have more equipment available and more variety. • Accessibility – We’ve moved the equipment to create a new accessible zone and we’re hoping to add to the new accessible equipment. Some of the new gear includes bars, plates, weightlifting platforms and machines all with quality and sound dampening in mind. We have also added a strip of black carpet that is almost like turf so you’re able to do more dynamic sled work in the athletic training zone. Anything we do is to benefit everyone in our community. We have lots of services and programming. Even our weightlifting program is not just only for students, but includes college staff, alumni that have come back to join and neighbourhood members that participate.

15

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

The Model of Possibility: Resilience The Inaugural TEDx Event Centennial College

BY ZAINAB CHUNAWALA

It was a full house with students, staff and members of the local community in the audience. The energy in the room was phenomenal for the first Centennial College TEDx at the Student Centre on October 25th; which was around the theme "resilience." A line-up of inspiring speakers took the stage and captivated the audience with their personal anecdotes. If it’s one thing the event taught us, it’s that there is always a way. From those suffering from physical pain to social injustices; held back because of poverty, or lack of education; or those being displaced, discriminated against or abused; and even those just trying to get through everyday life; it takes a lot to reach inside and find strength! However, with some grit and persistence, we all have the power to take control of the here and the now — because anything is possible with a little resilience. Here are some of the highlights of the event, for those who couldn’t make it.

Anjani Surelia, a student attendee, elaborates on her experience. “As soon as the TEDx announcement was made I participated in the contest and won myself tickets to the event. Melissa Grelo was the MC, which was a delight to watch. She shared her story of resilience, on how she made her way to The Social on CTV news. Being a TEDx enthusiast, it couldn’t have gotten better than this for me!” “Brandon Love mesmerized the crowd with his magical tricks which definitely stole the show. We are living in an illusion of distinguishing things which we know and which we don’t, the illusion of what we think is true, and that moment is when life happens, and we surrender ourselves to our ego, the demon of “I am”. Blaming is very easy and it’s even more easy to criticize but accepting is tough. It’s hard to stabilize the mind between the feeling of right and wrong.” Brandon Love guided the audience to build ways to break all these barriers of illusions and uncertainty. 16

Anjani was particularly moved by Erin Wilson’s story of resilience. “True freedom is only when we remove all the labels of shame, grief, negativity, and grudges aside and live our life by focusing on just us. Casting out these boundaries and labels are hard, and Erin Wilson shared her story of resilience of replacing those labels to foster positive change.” Sharing a personal anecdote, she elaborates further, "I failed in one of my postgraduate courses and I wanted to quit the program. From where I’m from, it is shameful to fail in academics, and that humiliation made me feel weaker every single day. After listening to these speakers, I understood the meaning of resilience. I was quitting just because of the embarrassment. I wanted to complete it, but the fear took over about what people will say. In this event, there were stories of survival, stories of self-made men and women, of what gave them strength. This gave me motivation because I am at the same stage right now. I decided that I will take that


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

“If I can give a TEDx talk about something so personal, I definitely can face down anything else that comes my way.” — Erin Wilson

subject again and I will try my best to pass this time.” Erin Wilson, who is currently a Centennial student and was one of the speakers, talked about her unique experience. “I was very excited leading up to the event until about a week before, then I became incredibly nervous and began to have a lot of self-doubt. The rehearsal melted away all my nerves, stress and doubt. Standing on that red circle on stage with a TED sign behind you is a very empowering feeling. That night was great to get to know the other speakers as well, to build a bond over our shared experiences and realize that I was having the same fears that every other speaker did. The event day itself was a very surreal experience. If I can give TEDx talk about something so personal, I definitely can face anything else that comes my way.” Ravneek shares his thoughts about some of the other speakers. “It was fascinating to hear from Najeeb Khan; his outlook really changed my thought process. He talks about how AI and machines will soon take over the workload of the people and leave them with nothing to do, which poses a big concern in terms of survival impacting the whole world. He gave a great solution by introducing the three p’s (Play-ProblemsPeople). He explained that using these three p’s to your

strength and enhancing ourselves, thereby focusing on doing something new, is the way to succeed.” For those who are fans of animated movies, “Hellboy” is one film that you must be eagerly looking forward to! It was indeed a fan moment for many to hear from and interact with Nikita Lebedev, who is working on the character for this movie. Erin talks about how much she loves the TED platform; in fact much before this opportunity came to pass, she had made it her New Year’s resolution to listen to a new TED Talk every day in 2018. Being able to give a TED Talk was a bucket list item she didn’t even realize was on her bucket list. Talking about how she enjoyed being on the speaker panel and listening to the others talk, she elaborates, “I think my favourite moments were in the speaker’s room on the morning of the event. All of us gathered together making last-minute tweaks, sharing, caring and experiencing this crazy event together. I loved listening to everyone else share their stories, their ideas, and their viewpoints. I spent my day laughing, crying and being utterly in awe of all the other speakers.” Traditions and culture are the roots of our identity and bringing that tradition to a whole new environment, challenging the stereotype and giving the world a new taste of living is just Nick Lui’s style. He explained that resilience is in the skills you have shown from an early age; sometimes you just don’t recognize it.

Asking Erin about what advice she would like to share with fellow students, she says “Seize every opportunity, especially the ones that terrify you. Those are the ones that will change you and allow you to grow the most.” Speakers at the event, Shamim Ahmadi and Tahani Aburaneh shared their stories about how resilience made them stronger every day. Every now and then, things are not in our control and strong women make best out of those time too. Their lives in a refugee camp were not easy, and one needs a lot of power and courage to speak about the insights of refugee life, which both Shamim and Tahini did so courageously. Echoing those thoughts, Anjani adds, “The toughness, the hardship, the trauma that we face mentally and emotionally do leave a big impact in our current state and thoughts. Resilience is all about gathering all the strength and moving past that by learning from mistakes. Resilience is the “will” which is not bounded by the fear of falling a thousand times. Resilience for me is saying, ‘I am not ashamed of my failures’. I want to share with every fellow student that resilience is that middle point where one can make or break oneself.”

Check out the recorded version of the event by visiting the CCSAI website or scan the QR Code.

www.ccsai.ca/tedxccto/

Anjani Surelia with Brandon Love (left), and with nursing student Shamim Ahmadi (right) at the TEDx Centennial College Toronto

17


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

Tree of Life

Vigil

By: Zainab Chunawala & Rashida Powankumar

“As a person whose grandparents had to go through the Holocaust and lived through those terrible times, so that me and my cousins wouldn’t have to see this today, learning of the anti-Semitism that still prevails and affects our lives is heartbreaking.

different forms of language, anti-Semitic symbolism/graphics will ultimately have the domino effect, working towards silencing the hatred. It is important that we band together and stand up for those who may not be able to stand up for themselves, therefore contributing to a safer society for everyone. All of us can play an active role fighting this to ultimately fend off the hatred and instead, filling that space with love.”

Eleven souls. Eleven lives. Jewish people, good people were taken because of the hatred rooted in anti-Semitism.”

Ellin Bessner, journalism professor and a member of Beit Rayim, a synagogue located in Vaughn, says that this incident hit close to home as she was speaking to a group of Jewish woman in a motorcycle group.

Joshua Miller, a student from the Publishing – Book, Magazine and Electronic program, organized a vigil to honour the victims of the Oct. 27th mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The synagogue was in midst of its peaceful Saturday service when 11 people were murdered by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith.

“I was a guest speaker about my book ... I remember sitting beside this woman who was constantly checking her phone and she said, ‘I am really, really sorry. I am so distracted, but I have not been able to reach my aunt in Pittsburgh. She has not been responding to my phone calls.’ It turned out that this woman who was constantly checking her phone; her aunt had died in the Tree of Life Synagogue."

During the ceremony at the Story Arts Centre, Joshua Miller recited a traditional prayer in the memory of those lost and elaborated in his speech about the struggles the Jewish community faces. “They were killed because they were Jews. It’s a scary thing to face- but it’s a heinous tragic reality whether in Eastern Europe or here in North America where minorities are continually challenged by white supremacists who think lesser of these vibrant communities around them,” Miller said.

“[I remember] at midnight this woman texting me and said 'it was my aunt who was originally from Toronto and moved to Pittsburgh,'" Bessner said. Bessner further explains that attacks in Iraq or Afghanistan are often in the news and people get immune to it, but when you have an attack on Jewish people anywhere in the world, Jews all over the world feel it personally.

With this issue being particularly close to his life, Miller says he felt compelled to take action and spread awareness within the college community through this vigil.

Since this incident Bessner received a hate letter on Nov. 2 about her book Double Threat: Canadian Jews the Military and World War II accusing her of false research in her book.

“Today, remembering this, it’s the first step to the healing of individuals in these emotional and trying times. Allies from other communities coming together to share the burden of grief, support one another, simply remember these lives and ask what more can one do to help to show that violence will not be tolerated.”

“The letter said that I made it all up. The Jews did not fight. The letter had a lot of bad language. It was an anonymous letter that was mailed to the school,” she said.

Miller explains that Tikkun Olam is a principle in Judaism, which means putting the world back together piece by piece. Small changes can make a big impact.

In light of the Pittsburgh shooting Bessner was told to speak to campus security and they have since heightened their level of awareness especially around the Story Arts Centre where her office is located.

“Calling someone out on an off-colour joke and those trying to vilify through

18


BOARD

CALENDAR

GALLERY

SERVICES

CLUBS

ATHLETICS

FEATURE

HOROSCOPES

By: Aaron Rothermund

DEC. 22 – JAN. 20 The MOUNTAIN GOAT of Saturn is creative, compassionate, and caring. The universe is feeding into your cosmic energy right now. You have never been more powerful. Focus on the things that make you happy, and manifest your dreams.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 21 – FEB. 19) The WATER BEARER of Uranus is relaxed, giving, and poetic. Untie yourself this month, and let loose. You’re in the right mindset to have fun, and be social. Tap into your inner child for inspiration and creativity.

PISCES (FEB. 20 – MAR. 20) The DREAMER of Neptune is flexible, fluid, and intuitive. You are a true storyteller. You fit in to most situations, and can relate to anyone. But you could stand to listen more, release social control, and stay in the current moment.

ARIES (MARCH 21 – APRIL 20) The RAM of Mars is ambitious, enthusiastic, and full of energy. The stars align in your favor this month. Everything you need is at your fingertips, so reach out, and take it. Remember to play fair, work hard, and pass on the good fortune.

C A N C E R ( J U N E 2 2 – J U LY 2 3) The CRAB of the Moon is stubborn, prepared, and capable. It’s the end of the cycle, so it’s time to let go of the past, and plan for the future. You are a whole new person, and can choose who you want to be. Try to budget your expenses, and stick to your plan.

L EO ( J U LY 24 – AU G . 2 3) The LION of the Sun is brave, protective, and fierce. There’s a lot of energy coming at you from different directions. Remember to breathe deeply, and meditate. You’re going to need to keep calm to weather the storm.

TAU RUS ( A PR IL 2 1 – M AY 2 1)

S CO R PI O (O C T. 24 – N OV. 2 2 )

The BULL of Venus is brooding, pushy, and confrontational. This month Venus is guiding your head and heart. Take time to indulge your fantasies. This may be the right time for a love connection, stay open minded when it comes to potential romances.

V I RG O ( AU G . 24 – S EP T. 2 3) The GODDESS of Chiron is pure, ageless, and positive. You are skilled in processing information, and filtering out the things that do not serve you. Teach others what you know. You are perfection.

The EAGLE of Pluto is strong-willed, confident, and rigid. You are in the position to have it all. This is a great month to absorb new skills. Learn a new language, take dance lessons, or play an instrument. There is no limit to what you can accomplish.

G EMINI (M AY 22 – JUNE 21)

L I B R A ( S EP T. 24 – O C T. 2 3)

S AG IT TA R IUS (N OV. 2 3 – D EC . 2 1)

The TWINS of Mercury are argumentative, progressive, and outgoing. Be patient with yourself and other people. Don’t sabotage your long-term goals. You have the power to build yourself up from the inside, now is the time to use it.

The SCALES of Venus are inquisitive, reflective, and fair. It’s time for being at home with loved ones. Don’t worry about what you're missing because it will always be there. You will benefit from being around people that truly know you.

The ARCHER of Jupiter is courageous, bold, and sensitive. If things are getting tense take a walk. You are used to wandering around contemplating the meaning of life, and it’s a source of regeneration for you.

19


FOR MORE INFO VISIT: CCSAI.CA/OLYMPIC-WEIGHTLIFTING

OR CONTACT: jdelgado@centennialcollege.ca

Profile for The Centennial College Courier

January 2019  

New
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement