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Future of Surrey Flash Fiction: 3 Marks

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Editor-in-Chief - Vivien Lo

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Layout Director - Cheryl Cheong Vivien Lo

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This has changed somewhat in Two years ago, we were introduced to the Ayn This has changed somewhat in Two years ago, we were introduced to the Ayn BioShock 2. Since you are now the one Rand-inspired world of Rapture in BioShock BioShock 2. Since you are now the one Rand-inspired world of Rapture in BioShock protecting the little sisters, you can from 2K Boston. This world was a dark, stark protecting the little sisters, you can from 2K Boston. This world was a dark, stark choose to adopt them instead of rescue contrast to what Rand's disciples would have choose to adopt them instead of rescue contrast to what Rand's disciples would have Cristel Moubarak them, or once again, kill them. Adopting expected from a world produced by unfettered them, or once again, kill them. Adopting expected from a world produced by unfettered them allows you to get more ADAM capitalism and unrestricted human endeavour. them allows you to get more ADAM capitalism and unrestricted human endeavour. overall, but puts you into a lot of fights, The game as a whole served not only as a overall, but puts you into a lot of fights, The game as a whole served not only as a as splicers, the inhabitants of Rapture demonstration of problems that go along with as splicers, the inhabitants of Rapture demonstration of problems that go along with Student Life is a very active department driven mad by ADAM-based this philosophy, but also fielded a deep and driven mad by ADAM-based this philosophy, but also fielded a deep and on SFU’s campus. As you may enhancements, try to kill you while theVISIT STUDENT LIFE broadSurrey gameplay experience. enhancements, try to kill you while the gameplay experience. havebroad noticed, Student Life holds several girl is harvesting ADAM for you. (Room 3002 & 3005) girl is harvesting ADAM for you. BioShock 2, developed by almost 2K's Marin regular events2, and assists by in BioShock developed 2K's Marin division, is set to take that even further. As for the story, what is known so far is that everydivision, other event campus. Some of is set on to take that even further. As for the story, what is known so far is that Set 10 years after the end of BioShock, the after the end of BioShock, where the player our major campus Set 10involvements years after theon end of BioShock, the after the end of BioShock, where the player player assumes the role of a Big Daddy character freed the little sisters to live in the Candy Ho player assumes the roleof of Welcome, a Big Daddy include Orientation, Week character freed the little sisters to live in the large, bathyscape-encased guardians of world, one of them went back to Rapture, bathyscape-encased guardians of Student Life world, one of them went back to Rapture, Freelarge, Weekly Movie Open House Rapture and theNights, ADAM-harvesting little donned a twisted diving suit, and started Rapture and the ADAM-harvesting little Coordinator donned a twisted diving suit, and started and the Student Ambassador program. sisters therein. These lumbering kidnapping girls to keep ADAM coming. sisters therein. These lumbering kidnapping girls to keep ADAM coming. monstrosities were the equivalent of boss This Big Sister seems to be either the were the equivalent of boss Cristel Moubarak This Big Sister seems to be either the Two monstrosities of ourinbiggest campus events are fights the original, which the player had to primary enemy, or the penultimate one. fights in the original, which the player had to Student Life primary enemy, or the penultimate one. Opendefeat House Orientation, in which toand get to the little sister. defeat to get to the little sister. Assistant

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prospective students are introduced to our beautiful campus in March, and new students are welcomed to our reputable university before school starts, respectively. During the first week of classes, Week of Welcome (WOW) takes place on the Mezzanine level. WOW is a succession events that place As withof the original, thetake player usesfor a As with the original, the player uses a students to enjoy visiting andtoparticipating substance called ADAM give themselves called of ADAM to giveprograms, themselves at thesubstance set-up genetic booths services, various enhancements, such as the various genetic enhancements, such as the clubs,ability and Departmental Unions to throw bees orStudent go invisible. The ability to throw bees or go invisible. The littleNot sisters are small, brainwashed girls (DSUs). only do the students play little sisters are small, brainwashed girls who happily run around, drawing blood from giantwho games andrun funaround, video games, happily drawing but blood from corpses and recycling the ADAM. Inand order they also getand freerecycling swag atthe theADAM. boothsIn corpses order to get that ADAM, the player could either kill havetolunch at the freethe BBQ organized by kill get that ADAM, player could either the little sister, or de-program her. While the Surrey the littleCampus sister, orCommittee. de-program her. While

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BioShock 2 Preview

Bioshock 2 also adds a multiplayer feature. Bioshock 2 also adds a multiplayer feature. At this point, only basic modes like At this point, only basic modes like Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch have Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch have been revealed, but the main difference is in been revealed, but the main difference is in persistence. As one plays multiplayer persistence. As one plays multiplayer matches, they become able to access more matches, they become able to access more genetic enhancements and more weapons. genetic enhancements and more weapons. It will be interesting to see how this works It will be interesting to see how this works out, and if the leveling mechanic makes out, and if the leveling mechanic makes players more powerful, or simply gives them killing the little sister was more beneficial in players more powerful, or simply gives them killing the little sister was more beneficial in more options. The latter seems preferable, the short term, the difference in ADAM As amore SA you can The be our campus info guru to direct crowds and options. latter term, seems preferable, the difference in ADAM All ofthe theshort events mentioned above (and as that would allow skill to overcome tedious gained between the two options, along with as that would gained allow between skill to overcome the two options, along with guests, student panellist to share yourtedious university experiences, MORE!) with the help of keen grinding. the are giftsrun received for being nice, makes the the gifts received forAny being nice, makes the tourgrinding. guide to give a fun and inspirational tour to visitors, or even Student Ambassadors. student that rescuing option considerably viable. rescuing option considerably viable. be aFrom leader at acan Student Union, or Orientation leader. attends SFU Surrey can sign up to what be seen so far,Club BioShock 2 From what can be seen so far, BioShock 2 become a Student Ambassador (SA) at looks promising. We'll find out February 9th, findofout Februaryvolunteering 9th, Afterlooks longpromising. days andWe'll nights studying, and/or http://www.surrey.sfu.ca/sa/. Being a SA is 2010. 2010. working, Student Life makes sure to provide students with fun

an amazing opportunity to develop leadership, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills through a variety of events. Our SA program recognizes every volunteer position a SA holds on the Surrey campus. ASPIRE Fall 2009 HIASPIRE Fall HI 2009

events to details just wind down and relax! One of our events is the More | beyondunreal.com More details | beyondunreal.com Image | www.gamespot.com FreeImage Weekly Movie Nights where SFU and non-SFU students | www.gamespot.com and non-students are encouraged to come out and watch a newly released movie, enjoy snacks and definitely win a prize and coupons.

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In need of some inspiration to get started on that next project? Inspire me, now is a collection of fun, designy images compiled by information architect, Szymon Blaszczyk. Great if you're suffering from designers block!

Dare to Inov8 As design students in SIAT, we have plenty of opportunities to work on projects that exercise our creativity and imagination. We are trained in iterative design, and have recognized the importance of the process that leads to an end result. Now what about putting those skills and innovative thinking to use and making a difference in the society we live in?

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Inov8 is a SFU social innovation blog supported by the CMA Centre for Strategic Change and Performance Measurement. It is a place where students come together to discuss social issues, plan and develop possible solutions, and make them happen to effect real social change. The common passive attitude toward these larger-than-life problems stems from the belief that individual effort is never enough to solve them. However, Lisa Papania, the development manager of inov8.ca, believes that solving these “out-there” problems like global warming and social injustice really comes down to selfinquiry and discussing how these problems affect you on a local and personal level.

A massive customizable aggregator for every popular What is there to say that hasnʼtwebsite, alreadyvideo game site and blog. Beautifully and peopleʼs parents designed and casual guaranteed kill boredom for are several been said about the Beatles? Not much. to gamer friends far hours. more likely to

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Inov8.ca aims to provide support every step of the way. Upon approval of the projects, the panel awards the SFU/CMA Social Innovation grant to help students get their projects off the ground. In addition to monetary support, access to resources and facilities is also provided, but the nature of the support will vary depending on each unique project.

Every semester we bring you a variety of 7 1/2 flavours of Awesome. A number of different and random links that may interest you.

purchase for people who are already Overall the difficulty is decent. Nothing fans of band games. Hardcore players will be extremely difficult to music game may take issue at the lack of difficulty, Family Photos veterans (a couple tricky songs awkwardfamilyphotos.com do stick and some may grow weary of only out), but Beatles music is not necessarily playing Beatles music, but as a party It's to just like it sounds. Bask in other people's unfortunate about technical competence, and game this holiday season to bridge moments inflicted upon them by their families. Simple. the falsely add difficulty with extra notes gap between casuals and gamers, there Awkward. Awesome. would have felt wrong. As well, this is a are few substitutes.

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1: Talk This is where the initial discussion is raised. Students first identify a social issue and present it to the blog community. Fellow students respond and post thoughts and opinions regarding that particular issue. A focus is put on relevance to SFU students and the lower mainland.

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At this stage, students choose a specific issue they are interested in solving and form teams with other members of the community to develop a plan. Teams apply for funding at this stage. The planned solution is presented to the inov8.ca panel for approval.

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Once approved, the project proceeds into the action phase. Project teams track the status of projects, view project details, and advertise the launch date for their solution.

4: Review After projects are successfully completed, the students reflect upon the previous stages of the project. Students review what worked and what needs improvement and this links back to stage 1, where new discussion and issues are raised.

The $5 a Day Food Challenge

“Food insecurity is the lack of physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. Over 2.7 million Canadians experience food insecurity every year and in BC, 10.4% of households lack financial access to adequate food.” This is the most recently completed project based on the San Francisco Food Bank Hunger Challenge. It is a week-long challenge to raise awareness about food insecurity. Participants are challenged to spend a total of only $5 a day (or $35 a week) on food, and are obligated to share their experience on the project blog. www.5dollarsaday.ca

Homelessness in the Tri-Cities

Alleviating homelessness in the Tri-Cities started out as a project for the Social Innovation course at SFU, and is now part of a new organization called Homes For Good Society or HFGS (www.homesforgood.ca ). Solutions include the “giving circle” model, where a group of socially conscious investors put a down payment together on a piece of property. This property is then rented to 1 – 2 homeless clients. In another solution, if any 17 individuals donate just $1 a day , a homeless person’s rent can be sufficiently subsidized. HFGS challenges SFU students to get involved in this “$1 A Day” initiative to sponsor a homeless person! If anyone wants to get involved please contact tricitieshomeless@gmail.com

The Politican Foundation

Advocating Political Engagement (TPF) is a Vancouver-based organization dedicated to creating greater political awareness and engagement for young Canadians aged 14 to 29, through collaborative social media and communication technologies. TPF works to engage, educate, inform, and inspire young people about politics, issues and ideas in Canada. Ultimately, TPF hopes to begin a movement towards a politically engaged and genuinely interested generation of young people in Canada. www.thepolitican.ca

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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A T.A • AN INTERVIEW BY VIVIEN LO • WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A T.A • AN INTERVIEW BY VIVIEN LO • WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A T.A • AN INTERVIEW BY VIVIEN LO • WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A T.A • AN INTERVIEW BY                                It was dark when Franz MĂźller left the small cinema, “Das Lebende Bild.â€? It was November in Berlin and the small, family-run theatre was playing Metropolis. The film had been out for several years and Franz had seen it before, but on this night he felt like he needed to see it again. One reichsmark had bought him a ticket for the film, a small bowl of stew and a few pints of beer, but standing on the outside, on the walk at dark he was already hungry again. He pulled his coat tighter, but it was so threadbare that it was littleAn more than a jumble thread and Interview byofVivien Lo buttons, and the air was sharp and stabbed at him through the jacket. Franz closed his eyes so he wouldn’t have to see the warmth escaping in the fog of his breath and he watched Metropolis play in the theatre of his mind. Behind closed eyes Teaching assistants - every student has encountered one. Obviously, some seem better at their job than others, but what his hands roamed over theIsarchitecture, memorizing the orshape anddown lines makes great TAs? it their methods, acumen, clarity, attitude, does it come to the grade they help you get in the course? Wouldfree you evaluate differently ifthem, he or she someone and angles, and he felt when the heTAclimbed toisthe topyou of know? the Tower of Babel. He opened his eyes and all of Germany was cold, but inside of Below is a conversation I had with Amy Ngai, a TA from IAT 338 (Interactive Objects and Environments, taught by Russell Franz MĂźller there was a very small place that was warm.

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He walked to the busier streets and he was smiling. The sensation was foreign to him and he reached up and touched his face to feel the encouraged you to become a TA (besides the fact that it’s a paying job)? lines and he smiled evenWhat wider. Around him Berliners went about their business, heads down and dressed to save their I’ve heavily always really enjoyed helping people.the As aheat, TA, I get great faces satisfaction from seeing other students dark and blank - lost. Franz stopped that was packing succeed. Especiallyatin a IATstreet 338, the vendor students are already established, highly intelligent design thinkers, andclose the guidance of a TA can push theirhe thinking beyondover their current away papers and books to for the night, and looked someboundaries. of the stock that hadn’t been put away. There were foreign broadsheets In your opinion, what are essential skills and qualities that a TA should have? What still on display, which didn’t sell very wellare these days partly specialized qualities required of an IAT 338due TA? to their increased price, but one caught the eye of Franz and he picked it up to Generally,pulled I think allanother TAs must have patience. TAs should also his have the ability to differentiate types look at the cover. The vendor stack of papers into students. find somewho SIAT instructors TAs treat everyone the same, but it’s really important to booth and scowled at theofsight of IFranz stood inandrags with a ridiculous understand specific needs of different students and teams, what kind of feedback they need, and how to grin on his face. Franz tucked the paper under his arm and pulled out push them further. It’s also important to know when to step back and let the students do their own thing. his slim billfold. He opened it and found two marks remaining. He pulled out one and gave it to theAsvendor atthe it TA formust a moment like he for the 338who courselooked specifically, be able to connect different ideas together. Sometimes the TA has to see things that students don’t immediately see, make the didn’t recognize what it was, before turning and looking at the mostly- students aware of them, and provide guidance about the process of addressing them. Whereas IAT 233 is mostly about constructing and packed booth. “It’s yours,â€? said Franz smiling and gave a small wave building things, 338 is all about ideas, and sometimes people get stuck. before turning and walking away. He sat down on a bench and looked at the Empire State BuildingAson the front of your which subtitle told him a TA of IAT 338,cover, what were mainthe responsibilities to the students and the instructor? was still mostly empty as no one was lining up to move in to the expensive For over Russell,the the TAs mostly provide backup and support. for We help out with giving feedback to students, tower. Franz ran his hand image, his fingers wishing texture, providing a second opinion beside Russell’s during critiques, and taking care of the little details so that and he was mesmerized Russell by the domination canbuilding’s focus on managing the course. of the skyline as its spire careened into the atmosphere. He stood up and walked quickly down the street. The alleys of Berlin were getting darker and winter was coming to extinguish the last of the heat, but the fire was still burning in Franz MĂźller’s heart and he didn’t want it to die, he wanted to fan the flames so they would spread and catch and burn to give a grand rebirth. He walked into a small pub and it was dark inside and the inhabitants were small and isolated, clutching their pints and communicating with the darkness. Franz walked to the bar and handed his third mark to the bartender for use of the telephone. He dialled the number for his friend Max Pechstein and waited. When the connection was made he said, “I feel full of hope. I feel good, Max. It’s a wonderful time to be an artist in Germany.â€?

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For the students, the TAs generally help with connecting different ideas, making sure their designs are logical, and being available when they need someone to bounce ideas off of. What level of assistance do you provide to students? Do you have specified office hours? I try to advise the students on what NOT to do, but I don’t tell them exactly what to do. If the students do not understand certain concepts, I help them to understand, but I never give them specific answers. If they really believe in their design idea, they should go ahead and do it. I usually ask students to make e-mail appointments with me, but if it’s a week when lots of people need help, I will set up office hours. Right before the halfway point of the semester students usually require more help. Afterwards, the students start to get the hang of it. What kind of tactics or methods do you use to stimulate a “good� thought process in students as they are ideating? I try to be as encouraging as possible. When I see the students, I ask them about how they’re doing and how their designs are coming along. If they’re not on the right track, I let them know that they should try a different route, and I give them some idea about different directions they could go. If they ARE on the right track, I will give them feedback about why I think they’re good. It’s important for them to know WHY their design is good, and not just that they are, so they know what they’re doing right.

result, they can find connections I sometimes don’t see, and it leads to really innovative ideas. How many courses are you taking during your semester as a TA? Was it ever hard to manage your time between TAing and schoolwork? I am taking 4 IAT courses (one of which is a graduate-level course), so yes, it was definitely tough to manage my time. Sometimes my students needed a lot of help during times I had a lot of work to do for my courses. For a while it was very difficult; when I dedicated a whole day to working at school, sometimes half of my day was spent helping students. Besides finding time, what were your greatest challenges as a TA? Every time I see a new team, they expect me to give really good feedback, but the fact is that everyone has different, high-level ideas. Trying to process their high-level ideas AND give them good feedback with quick turnaround time is pretty hard. Also, things like infomodels take time to examine, so it takes a while to understand what they’re trying to communicate, and then also give a critique of it. In your opinion, what are the most crucial failings of some SIAT TAs? The TAs in SIAT are quite intelligent and knowledgeable, but sometimes they just give pretty vague feedback, like “This is good� or “This is bad� and just leave it at that. Their feedback can be quite harsh sometimes. Some TAs also aren’t naturals at teaching, and it might be difficult to know what they’re getting at. I’ve noticed some of the TAs that are grad students, since they didn’t come from the Daniel Poirier SIAT undergrad school and haven’t actually taken the courses they are TAing, they might not have a good understanding of the tribulations students are going through, and what kind of help they need, simply because they haven’t done the same coursework before. This issue probably does not arise as much in other areas/faculties that are more standardized across different schools.

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What are the most rewarding aspects of your experience as a TA? Are there things you’ve learned from your students as well?

It’s rewarding to be able to help students understand how to design. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I talk to teams that need help, make something “click� for them, and then they understand their how to do their assignment. It’s great when the advice I gave allows the team to produce a well-accepted design at the end. I’ve learned a lot of new things from students too. Different students have their own perspectives and are creative in their own way. As a

Would you TA again? I would definitely like to TA again!

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Surrey: The The target target of of many many aa harsh harsh criticism criticism and and Surrey: stereotyping from people all over the lower stereotyping from people all over the lower mainland. We We all all know know the the mythos, mythos, and and accept accept mainland. that at at one one point point we we were were indeed indeed the the Car Car Theft Theft that Capital of of North North America. America. But But those those days days are are gone. gone. Capital The shape shape of of things things to to come come suggests suggests strong strong evolution evolution The for Surrey Surrey that that could could eventually eventually rival rival Vancouver Vancouver for for for dominance in in the the region, region, becoming becoming second second fiddle fiddle at at aa dominance bare minimum. minimum. How How will will this this be be achieved? achieved? bare Rapid growth growth isis aa start. start. At At current current rates, rates, by by the the year year 2016, 2016, aa Rapid third of of all all high high school school students students graduating graduating in in BC BC will will be be third graduating in in Surrey. Surrey. This This clearly clearly demonstrates demonstrates the the power power the the city city graduating has for for attracting attracting new new residents, residents, expansion expansion and and growth, growth, and and with with this this has growth comes comes progress. progress. While While itit may may never never have have the the beaches beaches and and growth waterfronts to to rival rival Vancouver, Vancouver, there there are are those those that that predict predict aa scenario scenario waterfronts similar to to Oakland/San Oakland/San Francisco Francisco developing developing between between Surrey Surrey and and Vancouver, Vancouver, similar with the the latter latter being being the the tourist tourist destination, destination, and and the the former former aa major major and and important important with city of of its its own own right, right, coming coming out out of of aa troubled troubled past past to to be be aa commercial commercial and and business business hub. hub. city As I’m I’m sure sure many many of of you you may may have have noticed noticed over over the the past past years, years, development development in in Whalley, Whalley, the the area area around around SFU SFU Surrey, Surrey, has has As been ongoing ongoing and and improving. improving. Though Though some some towers towers have have stalled stalled in in development, development, there there are are aa myriad myriad of of other other projects projects been finishing all all the the time time -- some some residential, residential, others others like like the the improvement improvement to to Holland Holland Park Park (which (which housed housed aa stellar stellar festival festival and and finishing concerts this this past past summer). summer). Overall Overall though, though, the the proposed proposed projects projects that that comprise comprise Central Central City City IIII shall shall garner garner the the most most praise praise concerts in this this article. article. in

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By closing closing off off 102nd 102nd St., St., which which would would bisect bisect the the plaza, plaza, aa large large public public gathering gathering space space would would be be created created for for By events such such as as Winterfest, Winterfest, concerts, concerts, or or public public showings. showings. The The area area could could accommodate accommodate up up to to 10,000 10,000 people. people. events

Some of of you you may may be be thinking, thinking, “This “This isis all all nice, nice, but but it’s it’s just just aa small small part part of of Surrey”. Surrey”. Some Further developments developments in in the the surrounding surrounding area area include include the the eventual eventual SFU SFU Surey Surey residences residences located located west west of of the the new new Further complex, beautification beautification of of King King George George Hwy Hwy (to (to be be renamed renamed King King George George Boulevard) Boulevard) by by increasing increasing pedestrian pedestrian space space complex, and implementing implementing trees/greenery, trees/greenery, and and aa potential potential site site for for aa Surrey Surrey Stadium Stadium on on aa parcel parcel of of land land roughly roughly equivalent equivalent in in and size to to GM GM Place, Place, near near the the BC BC Lions Lions training training centre. centre. size

So what what does does this this expansion expansion of of the the Central Central City City concept, concept, (already (already containing containing an an office office tower, tower, SFU, SFU, and and aa mall) mall) entail? entail? So

Advancements are are going going on on in in all all areas areas of of the the city. city. We We are are on on track track to to finally finally get get new new bus bus shelters shelters this this December. December. Advancements Eventually the Skytrain will be extended into Guildford, Fleetwood, and later Langley, sometime after the Evergreen Eventually the Skytrain will be extended into Guildford, Fleetwood, and later Langley, sometime after the Evergreen Line and and possibly possibly the the extension extension to to UBC. UBC. Line

new library library with with approximately approximately 65,000 65,000 sq. sq. ft. ft. Rather Rather than than having having separate separate floors, floors, itit isis proposed proposed to to consist consist of of one one AA new continuous looping slope. The plan also involves a performing arts centre situated adjacent to the new library, with both aa continuous looping slope. The plan also involves a performing arts centre situated adjacent to the new library, with both 1600 seat theatre and a 250-seat studio theatre. Along with these, there will be a proposed hotel/office tower. All of these 1600 seat theatre and a 250-seat studio theatre. Along with these, there will be a proposed hotel/office tower. All of these are to to be be situated situated on on the the far far side side of of the the existing existing Rec Rec Centre Centre from from the the current current Central Central City. City. are

An international international design design competition competition will will also also be be going going on on between between November November 2009 2009 and and January January 2010 2010 to to "transform "transform An suburban Surrey Surrey into into aa vibrant vibrant urban urban city, city, focusing focusing on on the the notion notion of of placemaking placemaking and and developing developing urban urban identity identity for for suburban the long long established established 55 town town centres centres of of Surrey: Surrey: Guildford, Guildford, Newton, Newton, Fleetwood, Fleetwood, Cloverdale, Cloverdale, and and Semiahmoo." Semiahmoo." the

But wait, wait, there’s there’s more! more! The The transit transit hub/bus hub/bus loop loop isis planned planned to to move move to to the the east east of of the the Skytrain Skytrain platform platform (which (which isis also also But planned to to be be extended extended to to accommodate accommodate longer longer trains), trains), to to the the area area that that used used to to house house Stardust, Stardust, for for any any of of you you that that planned remember. The The existing existing area area between between Central Central City City and and the the Rec Rec Centre Centre has has planned planned reclamation reclamation value value as as the the site site of of aa new new remember. city hall, hall, further further space space for for SFU, SFU, and and another another office office tower. tower. All All of of these these are are to to be be located located beginning beginning on on the the second second floor floor of of the the city complex, with with the the lower lower level level providing providing retail retail for for the the newly newly created created civic civic plaza, plaza, generated generated by by the the combination combination of of the the existing existing complex, space out out front front and and its its to to be be created created mirror. mirror. space ASPIRE ASPIRE Fall 2009 2009 HIFall

The Whalley Whalley region region isis not not part part of of the the competition, competition, as as the the enormous enormous plans plans detailed detailed earlier earlier already already have have itit covered. covered. II The encourage anyone anyone interested interested to to look look into into participating. participating. encourage Now this this isis not not all all going going to to happen happen overnight. overnight. Nor Nor does does itit ensure ensure that that residents residents of of the the lower lower mainland mainland will will refer refer to to Now the region region as as Surrey Surrey when when abroad abroad rather rather than than as as Vancouver. Vancouver. All All itit shows shows isis that that the the future future looks looks bright bright for for Surrey Surrey and and the an exciting exciting time time to to be be aa student student in in the the area. area. itit isis an

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HIASPIRE has been interested in showcasing Surrey’s own Viewfinder photography club for a while now. The president of Viewfinder, Joseph Wu, sat down with Mina Jecmenica of HIASPIRE’s writing and reporting team to discuss what the club is all about.

der Spotlight on the SFU Clubs: Photography Club Viewfinder

Who is this club for? Do people have to be experienced photographers in order to join? Not necessarily. Viewfinder is for people who are dedicated and passionate about photography. In that sense, people can be beginners, but be willing to learn or improve at photography within a group setting. Most people have a digital camera nowadays, and so it is also for those who want to learn how to use the different functions their cameras offer. Members can exchange ideas and gain experience from each other, too. What kind of activities do you do as a club? We hold workshops and events like Photo Walk, for example. Photo Walk is an organized event in which a location is chosen and a group of members meet for an opportunity to capture different things on the walk together. In terms of workshops, we also hold some in the computer lab on how to use different programs like Photoshop. Basically, we try to answer whatever questions members bring to us, and there is a lot of opportunity to share different experiences among members.

 Viewfind Where can people who are interested in participating get notified of upcoming events? We have a Facebook page, which we use to post information about upcoming workshops and events, and for suggestions. People interested in joining the club can send us their contact information (name and phone number) to the club email, so they can be notified for upcoming dates. When we meet up, they can sign up on an SFSS club sheet to be added as a member of Viewfinder. Is the club only for digital photography, or 35 mm photography as well? The members can do both, though most do only digital photography. There is a dark room on the Burnaby Campus that can be rented out if members want to do 35 mm photography. As well of course, this opportunity is extended to those who want to learn how to develop film and use a dark room. There are a lot of unique opportunities we provide for aspiring photographers, and those who enjoy it as a hobby, such as studio time, or outdoor shoots. That is why students interested in photography should join Viewfinder and take advantage of this fantastic club at SFU! Contact Viewfinder! Email: vfinder@sfu.ca • Website: www.sfu.ca/~vfinder/ • Facebook page: Viewfinder

How often do you have these workshops and events? Probably once every 2 months. Sometimes it simply depends on the amount of people who can commit to an event. We had some interesting photo outings, like a night shooting event called “One Night Stand”. There is a limited amount of cameras and tripods that we can borrow for people who need them (as long as they notify us in advance), so anyone can attend our events! ASPIRE 2009 HIFall

By Mina Jecmenica Images: Viewfinder Flickr Pool http://www.flickr.com/photos/94501287@N00/

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? Y E R R U THE S F O E R U T FU By Ethan Ethan Johanson Johanson By

Surrey: The The target target of of many many aa harsh harsh criticism criticism and and Surrey: stereotyping from from people people all all over over the the lower lower stereotyping mainland. We We all all know know the the mythos, mythos, and and accept accept mainland. that at at one one point point we we were were indeed indeed the the Car Car Theft Theft that Capital of of North North America. America. But But those those days days are are gone. gone. Capital The shape shape of of things things to to come come suggests suggests strong strong evolution evolution The for Surrey Surrey that that could could eventually eventually rival rival Vancouver Vancouver for for for dominance in in the the region, region, becoming becoming second second fiddle fiddle at at aa dominance bare minimum. How will this be achieved? bare minimum. How will this be achieved? Rapid growth growth is is aa start. start. At At current current rates, rates, by by the the year year 2016, 2016, aa Rapid third of of all all high high school school students students graduating graduating in in BC BC will will be be third graduating in in Surrey. Surrey. This This clearly clearly demonstrates demonstrates the the power power the the city city graduating has for for attracting attracting new new residents, residents, expansion expansion and and growth, growth, and and with with this this has growth comes comes progress. progress. While While itit may may never never have have the the beaches beaches and and growth waterfronts to to rival rival Vancouver, Vancouver, there there are are those those that that predict predict aa scenario scenario waterfronts similar to to Oakland/San Oakland/San Francisco Francisco developing developing between between Surrey Surrey and and Vancouver, Vancouver, similar with the the latter latter being being the the tourist tourist destination, destination, and and the the former former aa major major and and important important with city of its own right, coming out of a troubled past to be a commercial and business hub. hub. city of its own right, coming out of a troubled past to be a commercial and business As I’m I’m sure sure many many of of you you may may have have noticed noticed over over the the past past years, years, development development in in Whalley, Whalley, the the area area around around SFU SFU Surrey, Surrey, has has As been ongoing ongoing and and improving. improving. Though Though some some towers towers have have stalled stalled in in development, development, there there are are aa myriad myriad of of other other projects projects been finishing all all the the time time -- some some residential, residential, others others like like the the improvement improvement to to Holland Holland Park Park (which (which housed housed aa stellar stellar festival festival and and finishing concerts this this past past summer). summer). Overall Overall though, though, the the proposed proposed projects projects that that comprise comprise Central Central City City II II shall shall garner garner the the most most praise praise concerts in this this article. article. in

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By closing closing off off 102nd 102nd St., St., which which would would bisect bisect the the plaza, plaza, aa large large public public gathering gathering space space would would be be created created for for By events such such as as Winterfest, Winterfest, concerts, concerts, or or public public showings. showings. The The area area could could accommodate accommodate up up to to 10,000 10,000 people. people. events

Some of of you you may may be be thinking, thinking, “This “This is is all all nice, nice, but but it’s it’s just just aa small small part part of of Surrey”. Surrey”. Some Further developments developments in in the the surrounding surrounding area area include include the the eventual eventual SFU SFU Surey Surey residences residences located located west west of of the the new new Further complex, beautification beautification of of King King George George Hwy Hwy (to (to be be renamed renamed King King George George Boulevard) Boulevard) by by increasing increasing pedestrian pedestrian space space complex, and implementing implementing trees/greenery, trees/greenery, and and aa potential potential site site for for aa Surrey Surrey Stadium Stadium on on aa parcel parcel of of land land roughly roughly equivalent equivalent in in and size to GM Place, near the BC Lions training centre. size to GM Place, near the BC Lions training centre.

So what what does does this this expansion expansion of of the the Central Central City City concept, concept, (already (already containing containing an an office office tower, tower, SFU, SFU, and and aa mall) mall) entail? entail? So

Advancements are are going going on on in in all all areas areas of of the the city. city. We We are are on on track track to to finally finally get get new new bus bus shelters shelters this this December. December. Advancements Eventually the the Skytrain Skytrain will will be be extended extended into into Guildford, Guildford, Fleetwood, Fleetwood, and and later later Langley, Langley, sometime sometime after after the the Evergreen Evergreen Eventually Line and and possibly possibly the the extension extension to to UBC. UBC. Line

new library library with with approximately approximately 65,000 65,000 sq. sq. ft. ft. Rather Rather than than having having separate separate floors, floors, itit is is proposed proposed to to consist consist of of one one AA new continuous looping looping slope. slope. The The plan plan also also involves involves aa performing performing arts arts centre centre situated situated adjacent adjacent to to the the new new library, library, with with both both aa continuous 1600 seat seat theatre theatre and and aa 250-seat 250-seat studio studio theatre. theatre. Along Along with with these, these, there there will will be be aa proposed proposed hotel/office hotel/office tower. tower. All All of of these these 1600 are to to be be situated situated on on the the far far side side of of the the existing existing Rec Rec Centre Centre from from the the current current Central Central City. City. are

An international international design design competition competition will will also also be be going going on on between between November November 2009 2009 and and January January 2010 2010 to to "transform "transform An suburban Surrey Surrey into into aa vibrant vibrant urban urban city, city, focusing focusing on on the the notion notion of of placemaking placemaking and and developing developing urban urban identity identity for for suburban the long long established established 55 town town centres centres of of Surrey: Surrey: Guildford, Guildford, Newton, Newton, Fleetwood, Fleetwood, Cloverdale, Cloverdale, and and Semiahmoo." Semiahmoo." the

But wait, wait, there’s there’s more! more! The The transit transit hub/bus hub/bus loop loop is is planned planned to to move move to to the the east east of of the the Skytrain Skytrain platform platform (which (which is is also also But planned to to be be extended extended to to accommodate accommodate longer longer trains), trains), to to the the area area that that used used to to house house Stardust, Stardust, for for any any of of you you that that planned remember. The The existing existing area area between between Central Central City City and and the the Rec Rec Centre Centre has has planned planned reclamation reclamation value value as as the the site site of of aa new new remember. city hall, hall, further further space space for for SFU, SFU, and and another another office office tower. tower. All All of of these these are are to to be be located located beginning beginning on on the the second second floor floor of of the the city complex, with with the the lower lower level level providing providing retail retail for for the the newly newly created created civic civic plaza, plaza, generated generated by by the the combination combination of of the the existing existing complex, space out out front front and and its its to to be be created created mirror. mirror. space ASPIRE 2009 HIFall

The Whalley Whalley region region is is not not part part of of the the competition, competition, as as the the enormous enormous plans plans detailed detailed earlier earlier already already have have itit covered. covered. II The encourage anyone anyone interested interested to to look look into into participating. participating. encourage Now this this is is not not all all going going to to happen happen overnight. overnight. Nor Nor does does itit ensure ensure that that residents residents of of the the lower lower mainland mainland will will refer refer to to Now the region region as as Surrey Surrey when when abroad abroad rather rather than than as as Vancouver. Vancouver. All All itit shows shows is is that that the the future future looks looks bright bright for for Surrey Surrey and and the is an an exciting exciting time time to to be be aa student student in in the the area. area. itit is

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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A T.A • AN INTERVIEW BY VIVIEN LO • WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A T.A • AN INTERVIEW BY VIVIEN LO • WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A T.A • AN INTERVIEW BY VIVIEN LO • WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A T.A • AN INTERVIEW BY                                ItItwas wasdark darkwhen whenFranz FranzMĂźller MĂźllerleft leftthe thesmall smallcinema, cinema,“Das “DasLebende LebendeBild.â€? Bild.â€? ItItwas wasNovember NovemberininBerlin Berlinand andthe thesmall, small,family-run family-runtheatre theatrewas wasplaying playing Metropolis. Metropolis. The Thefilm filmhad hadbeen beenout outfor forseveral severalyears yearsand andFranz Franzhad hadseen seen ititbefore, before,but buton onthis thisnight nighthe hefelt feltlike likehe heneeded neededto tosee seeititagain. again. One One reichsmark reichsmarkhad hadbought boughthim himaaticket ticketfor forthe thefilm, film,aasmall smallbowl bowlof ofstew stewand andaa few fewpints pintsof ofbeer, beer,but butstanding standingon onthe theoutside, outside,on onthe thewalk walkat atdark darkhe hewas was already hungry again. He pulled his coat tighter, but it was so threadbare already hungry again. He pulled his coat tighter, but it was so threadbare that more than thread thatititwas waslittle littleAn more thanaajumble jumble threadand andbuttons, buttons,and andthe theair airwas was Interview byofof Vivien Lo sharp sharpand andstabbed stabbedat athim himthrough throughthe thejacket. jacket. Franz Franzclosed closedhis hiseyes eyesso sohe he wouldn’t wouldn’thave haveto tosee seethe thewarmth warmthescaping escapingininthe thefog fogof ofhis hisbreath breathand andhe he watched play theatre of his Behind closed eyes watchedMetropolis Metropolis playininthe hismind. mind. closed Teaching assistants - the everytheatre student hasofencountered one. Behind Obviously, some seemeyes better at their job than others, but what his the memorizing the and lines hishands handsroamed roamed over theIsarchitecture, memorizing theorshape shape anddown lines makes over great TAs? itarchitecture, their methods, acumen, clarity, attitude, does it come to the grade they help you get in the course? Would you evaluate TAclimbed differently ifthem, he or she isthe someone and he when he to of the andangles, angles,and and hefelt feltfree free whenthe he climbed them, to thetop topyou ofknow? theTower Tower of ofBabel. Babel. He Heopened openedhis hiseyes eyesand andall allof ofGermany Germanywas wascold, cold,but butinside insideof of Below is a conversation I had with Amy Ngai, a TA from IAT 338 (Interactive Objects and Environments, taught by Russell Franz was aavery small place that was warm. FranzMĂźller MĂźllerthere there was very small place that was warm. Taylor), about her experience so far in her first semester working as a teaching assistant.

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For the students, the TAs generally help with connecting different ideas, making sure their designs are logical, and being available when they need someone to bounce ideas off of. What level of assistance do you provide to students? Do you have specified office hours? I try to advise the students on what NOT to do, but I don’t tell them exactly what to do. If the students do not understand certain concepts, I help them to understand, but I never give them specific answers. If they really believe in their design idea, they should go ahead and do it. I usually ask students to make e-mail appointments with me, but if it’s a week when lots of people need help, I will set up office hours. Right before the halfway point of the semester students usually require more help. Afterwards, the students start to get the hang of it. What kind of tactics or methods do you use to stimulate a “good� thought process in students as they are ideating? I try to be as encouraging as possible. When I see the students, I ask them about how they’re doing and how their designs are coming along. If they’re not on the right track, I let them know that they should try a different route, and I give them some idea about different directions they could go. If they ARE on the right track, I will give them feedback about why I think they’re good. It’s important for them to know WHY their design is good, and not just that they are, so they know what they’re doing right.

result, they can find connections I sometimes don’t see, and it leads to really innovative ideas. How many courses are you taking during your semester as a TA? Was it ever hard to manage your time between TAing and schoolwork? I am taking 4 IAT courses (one of which is a graduate-level course), so yes, it was definitely tough to manage my time. Sometimes my students needed a lot of help during times I had a lot of work to do for my courses. For a while it was very difficult; when I dedicated a whole day to working at school, sometimes half of my day was spent helping students. Besides finding time, what were your greatest challenges as a TA? Every time I see a new team, they expect me to give really good feedback, but the fact is that everyone has different, high-level ideas. Trying to process their high-level ideas AND give them good feedback with quick turnaround time is pretty hard. Also, things like infomodels take time to examine, so it takes a while to understand what they’re trying to communicate, and then also give a critique of it. In your opinion, what are the most crucial failings of some SIAT TAs? The TAs in SIAT are quite intelligent and knowledgeable, but sometimes they just give pretty vague feedback, like “This is good� or “This is bad� and just leave it at that. Their feedback can be quite harsh sometimes. Some TAs also aren’t naturals at teaching, and it might be difficult to know what they’re getting at. I’ve noticed some of the TAs that are grad students, since they didn’t come from the Daniel Poirier Daniel Poirier SIAT undergrad school and haven’t actually taken the courses they are TAing, they might not have a good understanding of the tribulations students are going through, and what kind of help they need, simply because they haven’t done the same coursework before. This issue probably does not arise as much in other areas/faculties that are more standardized across different schools.

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What are the most rewarding aspects of your experience as a TA? Are there things you’ve learned from your students as well?

It’s rewarding to be able to help students understand how to design. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I talk to teams that need help, make something “click� for them, and then they understand their how to do their assignment. It’s great when the advice I gave allows the team to produce a well-accepted design at the end. I’ve learned a lot of new things from students too. Different students have their own perspectives and are creative in their own way. As a

Would you TA again? I would definitely like to TA again!

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In need of some inspiration to get started on that next project? Inspire me, now is a collection of fun, designy images compiled by information architect, Szymon Blaszczyk. Great if you're suffering from designers block!

Dare to Inov8 As design students in SIAT, we have plenty of opportunities to work on projects that exercise our creativity and imagination. We are trained in iterative design, and have recognized the importance of the process that leads to an end result. Now what about putting those skills and innovative thinking to use and making a difference in the society we live in?

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Inov8 is a SFU social innovation blog supported by the CMA Centre for Strategic Change and Performance Measurement. It is a place where students come together to discuss social issues, plan and develop possible solutions, and make them happen to effect real social change. The common passive attitude toward these larger-than-life problems stems from the belief that individual effort is never enough to solve them. However, Lisa Papania, the development manager of inov8.ca, believes that solving these “out-there” problems like global warming and social injustice really comes down to selfinquiry and discussing how these problems affect you on a local and personal level.

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Inov8.ca aims to provide support every step of the way. Upon approval of the projects, the panel awards the SFU/CMA Social Innovation grant to help students get their projects off the ground. In addition to monetary support, access to resources and facilities is also provided, but the nature of the support will vary depending on each unique project.

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1: Talk This is where the initial discussion is raised. Students first identify a social issue and present it to the blog community. Fellow students respond and post thoughts and opinions regarding that particular issue. A focus is put on relevance to SFU students and the lower mainland.

2: Plan

At this stage, students choose a specific issue they are interested in solving and form teams with other members of the community to develop a plan. Teams apply for funding at this stage. The planned solution is presented to the inov8.ca panel for approval.

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Once approved, the project proceeds into the action phase. Project teams track the status of projects, view project details, and advertise the launch date for their solution.

4: Review After projects are successfully completed, the students reflect upon the previous stages of the project. Students review what worked and what needs improvement and this links back to stage 1, where new discussion and issues are raised.

The $5 a Day Food Challenge

“Food insecurity is the lack of physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. Over 2.7 million Canadians experience food insecurity every year and in BC, 10.4% of households lack financial access to adequate food.” This is the most recently completed project based on the San Francisco Food Bank Hunger Challenge. It is a week-long challenge to raise awareness about food insecurity. Participants are challenged to spend a total of only $5 a day (or $35 a week) on food, and are obligated to share their experience on the project blog. www.5dollarsaday.ca

Homelessness in the Tri-Cities

Alleviating homelessness in the Tri-Cities started out as a project for the Social Innovation course at SFU, and is now part of a new organization called Homes For Good Society or HFGS (www.homesforgood.ca ). Solutions include the “giving circle” model, where a group of socially conscious investors put a down payment together on a piece of property. This property is then rented to 1 – 2 homeless clients. In another solution, if any 17 individuals donate just $1 a day , a homeless person’s rent can be sufficiently subsidized. HFGS challenges SFU students to get involved in this “$1 A Day” initiative to sponsor a homeless person! If anyone wants to get involved please contact tricitieshomeless@gmail.com

The Politican Foundation

Advocating Political Engagement (TPF) is a Vancouver-based organization dedicated to creating greater political awareness and engagement for young Canadians aged 14 to 29, through collaborative social media and communication technologies. TPF works to engage, educate, inform, and inspire young people about politics, issues and ideas in Canada. Ultimately, TPF hopes to begin a movement towards a politically engaged and genuinely interested generation of young people in Canada. www.thepolitican.ca

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This has changed somewhat has changed somewhat in in Two years ago, were introduced the Ayn This Two years ago, wewe were introduced toto the Ayn BioShock 2. Since you are now the one BioShock 2. Since you are now the one Rand-inspired world Rapture BioShock Rand-inspired world ofof Rapture in in BioShock protecting the little sisters, you can the little sisters, you can from Boston. This world was dark, stark protecting from 2K2K Boston. This world was aa dark, stark choose adopt them instead rescue toto adopt them instead ofof rescue contrast what Rand's disciples would have choose contrast toto what Rand's disciples would have Cristel Moubarak them, once again, them. Adopting them, oror once again, killkill them. Adopting expected from world produced unfettered expected from aa world produced byby unfettered them allows you get more ADAM allows you toto get more ADAM capitalism and unrestricted human endeavour. them capitalism and unrestricted human endeavour. overall, but puts you into fights, overall, but puts you into aa lotlot ofof fights, The game whole served not only The game asas aa whole served not only asas aa splicers, the inhabitants Rapture splicers, the inhabitants ofof Rapture demonstration problems that along with asas demonstration ofof problems that gogo along with Student Life is a verybut active department driven mad ADAM-based driven mad byby ADAM-based this philosophy, but also fielded deep and this philosophy, also fielded aa deep and on SFU’s Surrey campus. As you may enhancements, try you while the enhancements, try toto killkill you while the broad gameplay experience. broad gameplay experience. VISIT STUDENT LIFE have noticed, Student Life holds several girl harvesting ADAM you. girl is is harvesting ADAM forfor you. (Room 3002 & 3005) BioShock 2, developed 2K's Marin BioShock developed byby 2K's Marin regular events 2, and assists in almost division, set take that even further. is is set toto take that even further. the story, what known that AsAs forfor the story, what is is known soso farfar is is that everydivision, other event on campus. Some of Set 10 years after the end of BioShock, the Set 10 years after the end of BioShock, the after the end of BioShock, where the player after the end of BioShock, where the player our major involvements on campus player assumes the role Big Daddy player assumes the role ofof aa Big Daddy - character freed the little sisters live the character freed the little sisters toto live in in the include Orientation, Week of Welcome, Candy Ho large, bathyscape-encased guardians large, bathyscape-encased guardians ofof world, one them went back Rapture, world, one ofof them went back toto Rapture, Student Life Free Rapture Weekly Movie Nights, Open House Rapture and the ADAM-harvesting little and the ADAM-harvesting little donned twisted diving suit, and started donned aa twisted diving suit, and started Coordinator and the Student Ambassador program. sisters therein. These lumbering sisters therein. These lumbering kidnapping girls keep ADAM coming. kidnapping girls toto keep ADAM coming. monstrosities were the equivalent boss monstrosities were the equivalent ofof boss This Big Sister seems either the This Big Sister seems toto bebe either the Cristel Moubarak Two of ourinbiggest campus events are fights in the original, which the player had fights the original, which the player had toto primary enemy, the penultimate one. primary enemy, oror the penultimate one. Student Life Opendefeat House and Orientation, in which defeat get to the little sister. toto get to the little sister. Assistant

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prospective students are introduced to our beautiful campus in March, and new students are welcomed to our reputable university before school starts, respectively. During the first week of classes, Week of Welcome (WOW) takes place on the Mezzanine level. WOW is a succession ofthe events that take place fora a with the original, the player uses AsAs with original, the player uses students to enjoy visiting and participating substance called ADAM give themselves substance called ADAM toto give themselves at thevarious set-up booths ofenhancements, services, programs, various genetic such the genetic enhancements, such asas the clubs,ability and Departmental Unions ability throw bees or invisible. The toto throw bees orStudent gogo invisible. The little sisters are small, brainwashed girls little sisters small, brainwashed (DSUs). Not onlyare do the students play girls who happily run around, drawing blood from happily around, drawing blood from giant who games and run fun video games, but corpses and recycling the ADAM. In order corpses and recycling the ADAM. In order they also get free swag at the booths and to get ADAM, the player could either get that ADAM, player could either killkill have to lunch atthat the free the BBQ organized by the little sister, de-program her. While the little sister, oror de-program her. While the Surrey Campus Committee.

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BioShock 22 Preview Preview BioShock

Bioshock also adds multiplayer feature. Bioshock 22 also adds aa multiplayer feature. this point, only basic modes like AtAt this point, only basic modes like Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch have Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch have been revealed, but the main difference been revealed, but the main difference is is in in persistence. one plays multiplayer persistence. AsAs one plays multiplayer matches, they become able access more matches, they become able toto access more genetic enhancements and more weapons. genetic enhancements and more weapons. will interesting see how this works It It will bebe interesting toto see how this works out, and if the leveling mechanic makes out, and if the leveling mechanic makes players more killing powerful, the little simply sister was gives more them beneficial players more killing powerful, the little oror simply sister was gives more them beneficial in in more options. the The short latter term, seems the difference preferable, ADAM more options. the The short latter term, seems the difference preferable, in in ADAM As a SA you can be our campus info guru to direct crowds and All of the events mentioned above (and that would gained allow between skill overcome the two options, tedious along with asas that would gained allow between skill toto overcome the two options, tedious along with guests, student panellist to share your university experiences, MORE!) are run with the help of keen grinding. the gifts received being nice, makes the grinding. the gifts received forfor being nice, makes the tour guide to give a fun and inspirational tour to visitors, or even Student Ambassadors. Any student that rescuing option considerably viable. rescuing option considerably viable. be aFrom leader at acan Student Union, Club or Orientation leader. attends SFU Surrey can sign up to From what can seen far, BioShock what bebe seen soso far, BioShock 22 become a Student Ambassador (SA) at looks promising. We'll find out February 9th, looks promising. We'll find out February 9th, After long days and nights of studying, volunteering and/or http://www.surrey.sfu.ca/sa/. Being a SA is 2010. 2010.

an amazing opportunity to develop leadership, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills through a variety of events. Our SA program recognizes every volunteer position a SA holds on the Surrey campus. ASPIRE ASPIRE Fall Fall 2009 2009 HIHI

working, Student Life makes sure to provide students with fun More details | beyondunreal.com events to details just wind down and relax! One of our events is the More | beyondunreal.com Image | www.gamespot.com Image | www.gamespot.com Free Weekly Movie Nights where SFU and non-SFU students and non-students are encouraged to come out and watch a newly released movie, enjoy snacks and definitely win a prize and coupons.

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Authors Chelsea Szafranski

Daniel Poirier

Editor-in-Chief - Vivien Lo

Dominic Renaud

Layout Director - Cheryl Cheong Vivien Lo

Finance & Admin Director - Andy Shen Ethan Johanson

Assisting Editor - Daniel Poirier Mina Jecmenica

Finance Assistant - Francis Leung Tiffany Chang

Design Team Nicola Sznajder

Cheryl Cheong

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Adam Dewji

Anna Koniarska

Special Thanks To: Alanna Kho Amy Ngai

Table Of Contents Note from the Editor Student Life

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7.5 Flavors of Awesome

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Dare to Inov8 TA Interview

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SIAT Studio Viewfinder Club

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Future of Surrey Flash Fiction: 3 Marks

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Beatles Rock Band review Short Story

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Bioshock 2 preview Staff Page

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