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Your Summer Festival Fashion Guide
Reflections Interview with: The Partner of Deloitte
Summer Networking Tips STUDENT
The School of Business Socialite SPOTLIGHT
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C O N T R I B U TO R S Editor-in-Chief RACHEL LEE Executive Editor LOUIS LIU
Manager Editor TAYLOR BANISTER Writers EILEEN LEE ELNUR KASUMOV FELICIA LIANG ILHAAM JIWAJI JAMES LO JEN ZHAO KAWTHARA SHIRE LINDSAY HOFER ROSHNI PARHAR THOMAS YONAN TSEGA MACDONALD
SUMMER NETWORKING: THE CHALLENGE Advice on how to grow your personal network over the summer
SUMMER FESTIVAL FASHION GUIDE What to wear to your favourite festivals
Content Contributor TAMMY LEUNG FA S H I O N
DESIGN Art Director CAROL WONG TRENDS
Associate Art Director LINNEA LAPP Designers BONNIE TRUONG CHRISTINA STEFANIUK DAVID TON-LAI DEANNA BAINS JENNIFER TRUONG JENNY WANG MICHAEL BAKER SHANNON FIDLER SHIRLEY DU Photography Director CARISSA THAM Photographers ARIANNA BIASINI CASSIAN SOLTYKEVYCH DEANNA BAINS ELLA LIN MICHAEL ZHANG
UARC It's all about real estate!
HARRY HOTHI The School of Business socialite
LELAND OBERST Interview with the Business Managing Partner at Deloitte
A LAZY FAIRE REFLECTION Reminiscing the 2013-2014 school year
LAUREN BRISKE From RMBS to leadership
R E L AT I O N S
ONLINE Technology Director WILSON HUANG Social Media Director KEVIN PAUL ESPENIDO LAZY
EVENTS Marketing Director LESLIE CHIANG Coordinators SHIRLEY DU
P RO D U C T I O N Sponsored by XEROX CANADA Special Thanks to DIANA WYLEY
MEET THE TEAM A close-up of select contributors
THEN AND NOW How much we've grown in the last few years
SCHOOL'S OUT FOR THE SUMMER What do I do for the next 4 months?
#PATIONOM Making the most of sunshine filled patios
LAZY FAIRE: A YEAR IN REVIEW What happened at LF?
Contact us UOFALAZYFAIRE @gmail.com
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UARC FIRST TIME BUYER PREP
ANTI BURNOUT (BSA)
LAST DAY OF CLASSES
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N O T E
and challenges is coming to a close. 2013-14 school year is about to become the past and a new beginning is nearing us all. And like all great goodbyes, I would like to end the 2013-14 school year by dedicating this Editor’s Note to those that deserve recognition. Firstly, thank you to the Lazy Faire team – you have now published your last issue of the year. Despite the tight deadlines and stressful moments, you still created amazing issues every month. Your work has significantly improved Lazy Faire this year, and it has been an unforgettable journey.
Thank you to my team of editors. Your dedication was much more than what you had signed up for yet you supported this team with every step and
8 months. 242 days. 5808 hours. Did you truly
every responsibility. Thank you for your passion
fill these moments with your passion this school
and all your hard work.
Lastly, thank you to those that are reading these
For many university students, April often marks
words right now. You have given the Lazy Faire
the last step towards a new chapter in life. For
team a wonderful journey and an unforgettable
those handing in their last papers or exams,
joy. We will continue to strive for more in the next
it’s the first step towards summer freedom. For
students returning to home or preparing for adventurous travels, it’s the beginning of an
Until we meet again next September.
exciting time of the year. For those graduating, it’s the beginning of a ‘real world’, out in the work force and completely grown up.
Whatever your situation is, one thing is for certain – the long school year full of learning
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W H A T ’ S
written by LINDSAY HOFER designed by LINNEA LAPP
“off-the-beaten path” activities
What the Truck?!
Movies on the Square
What? This event brings the best food trucks in the city together, so you can try them all at the same time! Edmonton has a great food truck culture, and this event is the perfect time to try them.
What? Many people regularly go to the Strathcona Market on Sundays, but the City Market is a great alternative. It is nestled downtown in between great locally owned shops and cafes. Whether you want artwork, clothes, or some great food, this is a great way to spend a sunny Saturday morning!
What? Grab your lawn chair, a blanket, and some snacks, and watch a movie on a huge inflatable screen in Winston Churchill Square. It is a fun way to spend the evening outdoors in a great atmosphere. The best part is it’s free!
When? Happens a few times throughout the summer
When? Saturdays 9am to 3pm
When? Schedule varies, movies start at sunset
Where? A different location every time Where? 104 Street from Jasper Avenue to 102 Avenue
Where? Winston Churchill Square
“The School of Business has given me so much more than just a degree, it has given me life long friendships and experiences I’ll never forget” Larissa Gutscher, 4th year Marketing Major
“I am terminally sentimental about graduations. They are more individual than weddings, more conscious than christenings, or bar mitzvahs or bat mitzvahs. They are almost as much a step into the unknown as funerals—though I assure you, there is life after graduation.” Gloria Steinem
How do you plan on spending your summer break?
What Summer Festivals do you plan on attending?
Fringe Festival 20%
Go for a drink 74%
Edmonton Folk Music Festival 8%
Doing Nothing 3%
Taste of Edmonton 7%
Burn my textbooks 4%
Big Valley 45%
Start preparing for spring classes 8%
What final are you most nervous for?
Finance 34% Arts Elective 22% Accounting 16% MIS 8% OM 8% SMO 5% Marketing 4%
What is the first thing you intend to do after your exams are done?
Do you miss school during the summer?
What summer movie sequel are you looking forward to the most? Fast and Furious 7 16%
X-Men: Days of futures past 27%
22 Jump Street 39%
How to Train your Dragon 2 28% Jurassic Park 4 10%
Writer, Marketing Major With this month’s theme being “Schools Out!”, what are your plans for the summer? While working over the summer, I plan to self-study design fundamentals and increase my knowledge of the Adobe suite of products.
written by LINDSAY HOFER designed by BONNIE TRUONG
Without classes to study for, what hobbies will you spend time on this summer? I spend most of my free time running a blog and eating. What was your favorite issue of Lazy Faire this year? My favorite issue this year was theme [Balance] felt very “real” and
CHrISTINA STeFANIuk With this month’s theme being “Schools Out!”, what are your plans for the summer? As my current co-op work term is going to last 8 months, my plans for this summer are going to be working and
has a lot of real world advice and tips for business students. Describe this past year in three words. Progression, creation, anxiety
attending some of the summer events Without classes to study for, what hobbies will you spend time on this summer? My two main hobbies are baking and like making glass beads, silver jewelry, card making, and PhotoShop. For me, activities and mediums to work with that
Writer, Marketing Major With this month’s theme being “Schools Out!”, what are your plans for the summer? I am going to make sure to take time to relax. I am most likely going to work through the summer so I can go to Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu.
What was your favorite issue of Lazy Faire this year? an involvement in; when it came out, I was so inspired by how awesome our
Without classes to study for, what hobbies will you spend time on this summer?
that it encouraged me to try even harder for the next issues.
creating everything from desserts to healthy foods.
Describe this past year in three words. Amazing, new, experiences
What was your favorite issue of Lazy Faire this year? because I got to interview him. It was a really fun and interesting interview to do because he’s so involved in the community. Describe this past year in three words. Inspiring, supportive, incredible
Writer, International Business Major
that this summer.
French language course. I’m also excited to see Arcade Fire and go to Folk Fest and Sonic Boom.
What was your favorite issue of Lazy Faire this year? My favorite issue was September even though I wasn’t part of Lazy Faire yet. I saw the magazine and thought it was amazing; I had never seen a student magazine like it. When I read through it, I knew that I had to be a part
Without classes to study for, what hobbies will you spend time on this summer?
time reading. I also enjoy spin and kickboxing classes, so I’m hoping to make more time for
Describe this past year in three words Perspective, stress, wanderlust
With this month’s theme being “Schools Out!”, what are your plans for the summer?
SUMMER NETWORKING: THE CHALLENGE written by TAYLOR BANISTER designed by DAVID TON-LAI
Going along with this month’s dual theme of reflecting on the past, and looking ahead to the summer months, I wanted to share some of my personal thoughts and philosophies on networking, and some advice for how to grow your personal network over the summer. As yet another school year at the Alberta School Business commences at the end of April, each of us will go our separate ways for the next four months, and many of us will not see each other until September. However, with this being said, a unique opportunity arises for us to build our own networks over the summer, and arrive back at school next September with stronger networks. When I look back two years ago now, I can easily remember the networking philosophies I had during the summer before my first semester at the Alberta School of Business. When I worked in my first job over this summer, I really only cared about going to work, doing my job, and coming home afterwards. I enjoyed my summer, but in many ways it was not productive in growing my network as I didn’t fully embrace the opportunity I had, being surrounded by such accomplished people. This was certainly a learning experience for me. Skipping forward a year in time, I decided to change my entire train of thought and philosophy on networking before heading back into the EY summer internship. Before starting my first day at EY in downtown Edmonton for my internship in the Tax group, I really looked at myself hard in the mirror and said to myself, “you have this brilliant opportunity to work at this world class firm over the summer filled with world class people… take advantage of it”. And so I did. This change in mentality proved successful, as working at EY last summer was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It was there that I participated in Corporate Challenge for the first time, volunteering for volleyball (even though I really didn’t know what I was doing) with my fellow co-workers. I decided to attend our annual EY Golf Day, even though I had a broken wrist! I was still able to contribute to the team through my putting and chipping under the Texas Scramble format. Whether it was Corporate
Challenge, Golf Day, attending our summer get-together at Victoria Park, going for coffee with my team members a few times a week, or even sitting with the rest of the team in our lunch room watching Family Feud, everything made me feel like I was a part of a fantastic network of people, and a part of the EY family was a whole. The entire experience I had at EY was fantastic as a result of my willingness to put myself out there, and network, network, network. It was during that summer that I met Julia Rudolf, Nadia De Santis, Graham Darlington, Steve Kalynchuk, Jenna McLean, Lauren Briske, and Jill Hopkins for the first time, getting to know them both as co-workers, and as fellow classmates at the Alberta School of Business. It was by walking up to each of these individuals, introducing myself, and not being scared of failure or rejection that I was able to get to know each of them last year, and learn from each of them, as well as the rest of the amazing people that comprised the Edmonton EY office. The desire I had to initiate conversations, to build my network, to learn about the accounting profession, and to develop relationships with the great people in the firm, contributed to my summer at EY being an invaluable experience for my personal growth. Whether it was through constant networking with my peers at EY, or going for lunch with my peers from university on a regular basis, I was able to build my network substantially over the summer. I used to think that summer time was a ‘chill’ time, but now I know that this isn’t the case at all; if you want to succeed and grow as an individual, summer is ‘GO’ time. It’s a time to push yourself into uncomfortable situations, it’s a time to say ‘yes’ instead of ‘no’, and it’s a time to put your pedal to the medal and network, network, network with your peers. Challenge yourself to build your network this summer, and discover the incredible amount of momentum you will have heading into a new school year in September. Embrace the challenge, and see the results.
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Bohemian – you can’t go wrong with Boho at a music festival. Throw on a maxi dress and a daisy chain in your hair, or perhaps go crazy with fringe and pile on some bangles! Prints – head to toe fashion is coming back in trend. Not your style? Try pairing a bold patterned top with a simplistic bottom, or vice versa. Some prints include animal prints, stripes, and polka dots. For something more feminine, try out some floral prints for a sweet and innocent look. Bold colours – try bold, rich colours that are more understated compared to neon, such as cobalt blue, mustard yellow, or “Radiant Orchid”, Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. Black & White – not one for color? Black and white is a timeless combination that you can never go wrong with whether you are going for a mod or minimalistic look. Simple & Casual – who says you can’t attend a festival in casual attire? T-shirt and jeans are one of the most comfortable outfits. To cope with chillier evenings, bring a light cardigan or a chambray shirt. written by FELICIA LIANG designed by CAROL WONG
TRAVEL If the thought of working for another four months after a long school year makes you a little sad inside, why not make the most of your break and take a vacation? If you have the time and funds, travelling abroad to different continents can be a muchneeded break from ordinary life. Not only can going to places in Europe or Asia for a few weeks be an exciting experience, they can also help you grow too! Travelling is a great way to get outside of your comfort zone: you’ll meet new people and be surrounded by a different atmosphere, which will not only help you develop yourself and give you a broader understanding of the world, but also give you a great story to tell! Whether it be backpacking or fancy hotels, going abroad would be a great way to spend summer. Even if you are working, or don’t want to travel too far away, North American adventures can be just as exciting.
A long weekend spent in Las Vegas or Miami can be a fun and memorable trip to enhance your summer, without too much planning or taking a giant chunk out of your summer. A weekend getaway is also a great way to take a break. A road trip to BC or Banff can really add some joy to the break, especially with the beautiful summer scenery of the Rockies. Another sureshot way to make sure you enjoy your summer is to check out the Calgary Stampede – it's sure to bring a ton of fun to the summer!
It’s April, which means summer is just around the corner! You have four long months awaiting you, but are you unsure of what to do to maximize your time? Do you find yourself responding to the question of “What did you do last summer?” with an unsure “Nothing really?” LF is here to help you get the most out of your summer!
SCHOOL’S OUT for the
SUMMER written by ROSHNI PARHAR
designed by CHRISTINA STEFANIUK & CAROL WONG
VOLUNTEER Summer is an excellent time to volunteer. If you only have a few commitments during the summer months, volunteering is a great way to get some experience in the community and make an impact on society. A few hours a week is a great way to participate and work towards a stronger resume, and also helps better the community!
Don’t let your summer go by and feel like it was wasted. Make the most out of your time off, and make 2014 the summer to remember!
WORK One of the most beneficial ways to spend your summer is by working. Many of us have spent the past eight months cramming away, noses in our books and giving 110% to school and extracurricular activities. So instead of making money, chances are you’ve been spending a lot of it! A full time, business-oriented summer position that gives you experience within your major will not only provide you with that extra cash to re-fill your wallet for next year, but will also provide you with handson experience in the corporate. However, with the recruitment season coming to a close in April, these positions can be few and far between; so if you don’t want to spend your summer lounging around, a part time job is a great alternative! That way, you can have best of both worlds – you still have the option of building your schedule to have some much needed time off, but you also get a chance to save some money and build some technical and soft skills to enhance your resume for the future.
University of Alberta Real Estate Club (UARC)
written by JAMES LO designed by SHANNON FIDLER
University of Alberta Real Estate Club - Executive Team F President: Angeline Chau Nguyen F VP Marketing: Jenny Wang/Jamey Lo F VP Events: Michel Gutfreund F VP Finance: Scott Yu F VP Operations: Ariane Roberto-Charron F VP Sponsorship: Lucy Chen F VP IT: Rissa Cao F Events Directors: Brenda Mah and Andrew Siu F Sponsorship Directors: Elisabeth Okrainec and Phuong Vo
In the final edition of Clubs Corner, Lazy Faire decided to feature the University of Alberta Real Estate Club (UARC), one of the Alberta School of Business’s most promising (and underrated) student organizations. It just so happens that I am also the current Co-Vice President of Marketing for the University of Alberta Real Estate Club as well. But don’t fret, instead of pumping you full of propaganda about why you should join UARC, I decided to seek a more balanced overview of the club’s work as a whole. Recently, I caught up with Angeline Chau Nguyen, President of UARC, to discuss her thoughts on the club, its events, and the future direction of the University of Alberta Real Estate Club.
For those of us who have never heard of UARC, tell us a bit about the club.
range of sectors including real estate development, banking, leasing, and construction. This panel of knowledgeable professionals provides students with their unique expertise, viewpoints and industry insights. In the past, our guest speakers have included CEOs, Presidents and Directors from reputable real estate companies such as Rohit Group of Companies, Beaverbrook Communities and Melcor Developments. Our most recent event, the Real Estate Industry Night, saw over 120 real estate executives and students join together to network with one another.
The University of Alberta Real Estate Club (UARC) was established two years ago in hopes of bridging the gap between students and the local real estate industry. We believe that the best way for students to learn about real estate is to connect them oneon-one with the local real estate professionals and companies in Edmonton. UARC organizes various events throughout the school year to provide students with insights into the critical role that the real estate industry plays in the business world. What sets UARC apart from other clubs at the Alberta School of Business? Our differentiating factor is our relationship with industry. Real estate is much more diverse than simply buying and selling homes! The real estate industry operates in an incredibly wide range of business sectors including leasing, investing, appraisal and development, commercial and industrial real estate, residential building, and retail. The Alberta School of Business has even begun to offer students employment opportunities at a number of local real estate companies through the Co-op Program. The real estate industry is so broad that no matter what your major is, you can easily find your niche at any real estate company in today’s job market. What is so special about UARC anyway? Great question! In the past, the Alberta School of Business had created four BUEC and BLAW courses for students who were interested in real estate. However, there was no governing body that helped promote real estate classes to the student body. UARC was established to fill that void and connect students with actual industry professionals. We are thrilled to see the increasing interest and support students have shown us over the past two years. Our impact has been so significant that the Alberta School of Business is on the verge of creating a real estate minor! What are some of the events UARC hosts during the year? As it stands, our core events include our Real Estate Forum and Real Estate Industry Night. The Real Estate Forum, typically hosted in the fall, brings together a panel of guest speakers from a wide
Are there any events in the near future that students can look forward to attending? We are very excited to launch a brand new event on April 4th called the First-Time Buyers Guide. This event will give 20 students unprecedented access to real estate professionals such as a realtor, home inspector, lawyer, property manager, and/or mortgage specialist at two different locations. These real estate professionals will teach students about the process of buying or renting their first home. What has been your most rewarding experience with UARC? My most rewarding experience has been working with my incredible executive team and watching the club reach new heights! Without my team, I could not have achieved my vision of bringing UARC closer to the students. What do you envision for the future of UARC? Within the next few years, I believe UARC will become one of the preeminent clubs at the Alberta School of Business. The more time and effort we continue to pour into our quality events, the more support we will receive from our students and sponsors. Our club will continue to grow and I believe we will receive recognition in the media for our efforts.
For more information on the University of Alberta Real Estate Club (UARC), please visit www.uarc.ca, like the University of Alberta Real Estate Club on Facebook, or follow @UofA_UARC on Twitter.
“if i Wasn’t involved, and i Just Went to school for my gpa and had that mundane routine, i Wouldn’t have been able to further my career and meet neW people. getting involved has opened up my eyes to What i can do, and the numerous opportunities that exist out there.”
you have been involved in Jdc West for tWo years. hoW have both of the years’ experiences differed?
What Would you say has been the most reWarding activity you have been involved With in the sob?
What did your involvement in the school of business teach you about planning for the future? hoW do you feel about case based learning? do you feel your extensive experiences in cases have given you an advantage in your degree?
do you feel your involvement in the bsa has created a netWork you can rely on as you move forWard With your career?
looking back, Would you have gotten involved in anything else that you never ended up doing?
What are your thoughts on the business students’ association?
hoW has being a part of the leadership certificate program impacted your future plans?
What propelled you to get involved With canada’s next top ad exec?
What is leadership to you?
describe yourself in one Word.
What has been the proudest moment of your life so far?
written by ILHAAM JIWAJI designed by CAROL WONG photographed by CASSIAN SOLTYKEVYCH
R E L AT I O N S
Leland Oberst Business Managing Partner at Deloitte
written by THOMAS YONAN designed by DEANNA BAINS
Leland Oberst, a lifelong Edmontonian and School of Business graduate is the Managing Partner at Deloitte and passionate sports enthusiast. Oberst played hockey and baseball at a highly competitive level before beginning his professional accounting career. He started articling with KPMG in ’91, obtained his CA in ’93, transitioned into industry for a year, and returned to public accounting at Deloitte thereafter. After a long career at Deloitte, he became Partner in May 2002, and the Managing Partner in May 2012. Even with his demanding schedule, Oberst continues to make time to play hockey and golf, but focuses on competing in triathlons during the summer. What are some of the challenges you face as a leader every day? Engaging and retaining top talent, especially being in Alberta where the labor market is still very competitive, is a challenge. I try cultivating leadership experience for my fellow partners on a daily basis. What are some of your sources of motivation and drive? I am a very passionate leader (at least that is what my upwards feedback scores tell me), which creates excitement in the office. I also have an open communication style and encourage others to get involved with the decision making process, which opens up other opportunities for growth. Do you ever take a step back and reflect on what you have accomplished for this company as well as your life? Not really. I focus more on the future and leading Deloitte towards becoming the most sought after professional services firm, as well as trying to be a good husband and Father. I really enjoy where I am at both personally and professionally – I feel like I’ve been able to strike the right balance.
As one of the Big 4 accounting firms, how does Deloitte distinguish itself? We have a very strong performance culture with a tremendous amount of respect for each other as evidenced by our four core values which we live by every day: Outstanding Value to our Clients and Markets, Commitment to each other, Acting with Integrity, and Strength from Diversity. What kinds of factors do you attribute to this success? We promote our core values all the time and highlight them at firm wide events such as town halls, staff parties and monthly gatherings. Our culture encourages positive behaviors that demonstrate our values and we strive to recognize and reward our people in living those values. How do you, as a leader, maintain this important sense of culture? I believe that being a good role model is critical (“do as I do and as I say”). A year ago, I implemented a monthly “Beers and Cheers” event in the office where we meet for some food, beer or wine, and recognize specific staff members who have lived our core values in an exceptional manner.
It has become very popular and we get many nominations each month – the difficulty is narrowing it down to just 3-5 recipients. How did Deloitte change and shape your leadership and leadership style? The firm has allowed me to take on many leadership roles over the years and allowed me to make mistakes…when you make mistakes you learn through those opportunities. The learning that I’ve derived from my mistakes have definitely made me comfortable from day one in this role. Relating to your personal background, could you tell us about your business school experience? While at the U of A, I played junior hockey and had a part time job, hence, I wasn’t very active in business clubs. However, I was keen on networking with the top business students and always being a leader in a group setting, whether it be in class presentations or to the faculty as a whole. What about your drive and passion for business? I have always had a passion for business as I could see at a young age the parallels with sports competition. I have been an avid reader of the business sections of the Edmonton Journal and the Globe and Mail since high school and have followed the stock market passionately since then as well. How did you manage uncertainty about your career path as a business student?
no matter what I ended up doing later on in life. I was still uncertain of my future even when articling but I knew that I ultimately wanted to lead an organization of some type. Interestingly enough, I ended up leading a professional services firm. What advice do you have for current university students who find themselves in a struggle with uncertainty? Proactively seek out prominent business influencers in the community and business school alumni to get their insights. Do your own due diligence when interpreting the vast amount of information either via the university or the internet. The key is choosing a path that is congruent with your passion. What is the single most important skill any business professional should have? Good communications skills – being able to tailor your message to your audience and active listening to the views of others. These skills are absolutely critical for business success. What would you say to the students thinking about a future in accounting? I believe that you can only truly know a business if you understand the financial information of a company – the financial health of a company is its lifeline. Thus, no matter what path you may follow in business, building a foundation in accounting will serve you well.
I spoke to a number of business influencers and business school alumni to get their advice and it was apparent that getting a CA would be beneficial
can only truly know a business if you “ You understand the financial information of a
company...thus, no matter what path you may follow in business, building a foundation in accounting will serve you well.
[A YEAR IN REVIEW] written by EILEEN LEE designed by SHIRLEY DU & CAROL WONG
AS THE SEMESTER IS COMING to an end, so is another year at the Lazy Faire. Overall it’s been an amazing year and we have featured some exceptional individuals at the School of Business and in the business community.
I have to admit that writing this article is a bit bittersweet because it will be my last in my undergraduate career. However this is a great opportunity to share with you all my thoughts on how the year went as well as the thoughts of our senior members. Whether you’ve read Lazy Faire to find out what’s happening around you, as a break from studying or just because, we hope that you’ve enjoyed reading each issue as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it!
A YEAR IN REVIEW According to: Eileen Lee, Writer What I will miss the most about the Lazy Faire is the opportunity to interview amazing individuals and to be inspired by their achievements. Tangibly seeing your work created was an amazing experience and a great motivator for improvement. Overall being a part of the team for the past three years has been an amazing experience and I will forever reminisce about the great times I had as a part of the team!
A YEAR IN REVIEW
A YEAR IN REVIEW According to: Jennifer Truong, Senior Designer What was your favourite part about being on the Lazy Faire team? It would be meeting all the fantastic people and the opportunity to design various articles that are published. What will you miss the most about Lazy Faire? I’ll miss working with the team! It was great seeing the energy, commitment, and effort our team had contributed throughout the year. Our dedication is shown in every monthly issue as we aim to provide valuable and aesthetically pleasing articles to our readers. Being a part of Lazy Faire has been an amazing experience and I hope the magazine will continue to grow.
According to: Bonnie Truong, Senior Writer/Designer What was your favourite part about being on the Lazy Faire team? My favourite part about being on the team was designing and writing. I’ve done both since I’ve joined and I loved every moment of it. Furthermore, each year we recruit new members and directors. It’s been great seeing the change that LF has gone through, and it’s been a phenomenal difference. We’ve come a long way! What was your most memorable article you wrote or designed? My first article had me squealing with joy because it was the first time I had published something that was going to be seen by everyone. Also, I’ve kept every article and design I’ve done so I can proudly look back at what I’ve done while I was in university.
A YEAR IN REVIEW According to: Felicia Liang, Senior Writer/Photographer What was your most memorable article you wrote or photographed for? I really enjoyed the “Lazy Chat” articles because it gave me an opportunity to meet and interview other business students and have casual, laidback interviews with them. I thought it was a cool twist from the standard interview because rather than having a specific number of questions on a set topic, we often jumped from topic to topic and I was able to hear about a lot of interesting experiences that the students had! What do you look forward to next year? I definitely look forward to taking part in creative articles, interviewing other business students, and of course, meeting new members of the team! Lazy Faire took a huge step forward this year and I am blessed to have been able to be a part of it, no matter how minor my contribution.
EACH ISSUE WAS PUT TOGETHER with care by our team and centralized around a chosen theme. As this article is about a year in review what better way to review the year than to highlight our cover article of each issue! Throughout the year we’ve featured quite a few exceptional individuals for our Student Spotlight. By interviewing these students we’ve had the opportunity to see what it takes to be successful and how to do stand out at the School of Business.
A staple each year is to introduce new business students to the BUS 201 coordinator. Tasked with organizing one of the most daunting classes that every first year must take, Aaron shared with us his tips on how to be a part of a team.
A case guru and world traveler, Jenna shared with us her experiences and how to be successful in case competitions.
JESSA ACO A great example for leadership, Jessa shared how her “yes” project she created for herself allowed her to take on challenges and push herself toward achieving her goals.
[DECEMBER] COLTEN YAMAGISHI
Julia shared with us why going “head first” into opportunities even if you aren’t always ready could lead to a diverse list of experiences.
Former SU President Colten showed us how he keeps balance in his life and his passion for student and municipal politics.
[FEBRUARY] SAHR SAFFA MadeinEdmtn co-founder, model, and Golden Bears combo guard, Sahr shared with us his best career advice.
[MARCH] LAURA McDONALD HR extraordinaire Laura gave us some of her interview tips and showed us the importance of giving back.
t h e n (AND) n o w written by JEN ZHAO designed by JENNY WANG & CAROL WONG photographed by ARIANNA BIASINI & DEANNA BAINS
The ideas and thoughts we have coming into a program are often very different from the ones we have leaving it. We had the opportunity to interview five students who will be graduating this semester to compare how their thoughts have changed from then and now.
NATASHA BIRCHALL MAJOR: Marketing MINOR: Business Law TOPIC: The importance of family and friends THEN I put minimal effort into my relationships, and took them for granted. I valued quantity over quality, thinking it was better to have more friends, rather than good friends. I was comfortable, safe and secure – I never reflected on my relationships to see their true worth. NOW Family and friends matter more than anything else. Surrounding yourself with people who support, love and understand you will lead you to success, as being superficial in your friendships won’t take you anywhere in life. Don’t be afraid to shake those relationships that bring you down – make room for those people who inspire you to be a better person, who push you to do more and who love you unconditionally. Those are the most important people in the world!
MAJOR: Finance MINOR: OM TOPIC: Extracurricular activities THEN I originally started university in the Faculty of Science. There wasn’t much emphasis from the faculty on being involved in activities outside of school. I thought that extracurricular activities were for people who didn’t take a full course load and had spare time, or for those who were newcomers to the Edmonton area who needed a social atmosphere to facilitate meeting new people. I thought that there was absolutely nothing I could gain by joining them. NOW During my three years at the SoB I have come to realize how wrong my original presumptions were. Business is unique in that it urges the entire faculty to get involved. You are given a chance to be in charge of something. These extracurricular activities help you build many skills and help you grow both academically and socially. What I have gained from my experience would not have been possible without being involved in the SoB. As a result, I have changed from the shy and quiet guy in my first year, to a more well-rounded, and confident person in my final year.
MAJOR: Finance TOPIC: Involvement THEN Before school, I was never the kind of guy to get involved. For the most part, I kept to my group of friends I already knew going into business, and focused more on studying and my own activities. NOW After my first year, I realized how important it was to become involved, meet new people, and experience all the opportunities the school has to offer. The true value in the commerce degree comes from exposing yourself to new, and sometimes scary, experienc es. I will owe much of my (hopeful) post graduate success and opportunities to the involvement I had in my undergrad.
MAJOR: Accounting TOPIC: Sense of community THEN ly my experience would be sole of Business, I assumed that come home. and Before coming to the School y, stud s, clas to go ld wou I academically focused - that NOW incredible sense of graduation, I have realized the Now that I am approaching e countless friends, mad have I s. ines Bus the School of ool of Business with Sch community that exists within the e leav will I s, and I know that ily. forged meaningful relationship fam a but not only an extensive network,
MAJOR: Accounting MINOR: SMO TOPIC: Building relationships and networking THEN I used to think that a high GPA alone was enough to secure a great position upon graduation. I didnâ€™t realize exactly how important relationships can be when it comes to building my network, and connecting with potential employers and business leaders in the community. NOW I have realized that at the end of the day, your interpersonal skills and your character will take you much farther than your GPA alone. Business is all about who you know and the relationships you build with the people in your network. These networks ultimately open numerous doors that you could have never imagined, and they will most likely become the largest contributor to your career growth.
ANDRA BOB 19
written by KAWTHARA SHIRE & ELNUR KASUMOV
As another year of Lazy Faire comes to a close, we asked a couple of our writers to reflect and reminisce on the year that was.
designed by MICHAEL BAKER
One of my favorite memories this year was getting to attend the Network of Empowered Women conference. It was one of those things I went into not knowing what to expect at all. And now as I look back there were so many little things I learned that have inspired me every day since. I got to meet not only so many of my peers but also people who were once in my shoes and have gone on to a wide array of interesting and fulfilling things. Going to the conference reminded me to apply the things I always knew – that the key ingredient to any kind of happiness or success is to never give less than your very best. When I think of the Alberta School of Business I remember that this is the program that is aligned to not only further my professional development, but also my personal development. I am motivated to work on my goals and weaknesses. At the same time, I have a
to work on my goals and weaknesses. At the same time, I have a development, but also my personal development. I am motivated is the program that is aligned to not only further my professional When I think of the Alberta School of Business I remember that this give less than your very best. the key ingredient to any kind of happiness or success is to never conference reminded me to apply the things I always knew – that on to a wide array of interesting and fulfilling things. Going to the peers but also people who were once in my shoes and have gone inspired me every day since. I got to meet not only so many of my I look back there were so many little things I learned that have things I went into not knowing what to expect at all. And now as Network of Empowered Women conference. It was one of those One of my favorite memories this year was getting to attend the
for a second that you are sure of yourself. and weakness. Those moments that compel you to indulge even you out of yourself and compels you to recognize your strengths
chance to look back at some of the more resonate moments and remember what is real and important. I think we as students should be urged to re-evaluate what is important to us. There has been a marked change in the importance of sustainability. This prioritization is driven by different factors: consumer demand, concerns over resource scarcity, and of course concerns over climate change. The world will not be the same as it was when we began, and however small these change are, it is essential to learn to deal with them. Educators and students alike are growing up in a world of rich information that requires global citizenship skills for their future. The paradox is that the future is now. This year more than ever I found my self going back to a quote by one of my favorite writers, the great David Foster Wallace. It is from a truly remarkable commencement speech he made to Kenyon College. He says, “The real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over: ‘This is water.‘ It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive in the adult world day in and day out. Which means yet another grand cliché turns out to be true: your education really IS the job of a lifetime. And it commences: now.”
lifetime. And it commences: now.” cliché turns out to be true: your education really IS the job of a adult world day in and day out. Which means yet another grand unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive in the to keep reminding ourselves over and over: ‘This is water.‘ It is so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do Kenyon College. He says, “The real value of a real education, which is from a truly remarkable commencement speech he made to by one of my favorite writers, the great David Foster Wallace. It This year more than ever I found my self going back to a quote now. citizenship skills for their future. The paradox is that the future is are growing up in a world of rich information that requires global essential to learn to deal with them. Educators and students alike it was when we began, and however small these change are, it is concerns over climate change. The world will not be the same as
This year, like every year, I told myself to try as many things as possible. Now, as my time here as a student dwindles away, I want to reflect on the things I said I would do and those I actually did. I have thought about my past while simultaneously I looking towards my future. I thought of how every day I experience little moments that have just a bit more resonance than other moments. Those moments of fleeting clarity after an experience that pulls you out of yourself and compels you to recognize your strengths and weakness. Those moments that compel you to indulge even for a second that you are sure of yourself.
Looking back at the last two semesters, I can confidently say that I have accomplished more than what I‘ve expected. I’ve also learned a bit more about commitment, pressure and keeping several projects in motion at one time. Between all the classes, case competitions, student groups, group projects, exams, papers, jobs, partying, family, friends and relationships I’ve experienced this year, I’ve learned a great deal about myself. My biggest takeaway from this year is to go for it! No matter what it is, if you think you want it in your life, go and get it! Sitting around dreaming about the best case scenario or pondering on a great idea won’t make it come true. What will make it come true is going after it with intent and intensity. What holds most of us back from pursuing what we think is a good idea is fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of commitment, fear of public ridicule, fear of flying donkey-turtles, whatever. It doesn’t matter. Fear is not real, it is an illusion that we magnify in our own mind. According to prospect theory, people perceive loss with greater intensity than they do an equal valued win. Think about how much worse it feels to discover you’ve misplaced a $10 bill compared to seeing an extra $10 on your tax return. That fear of feeling bad from failing at something prevents most of us from pursuing perfectly accomplishable ideas. Adding complexity by overthinking situations prevents us from seeing things for what they really are and skews our perceived chances of success away from our real chances. Once you clear your head and critically look at your ideas, you will be able to realistically assess their feasibility. Now that we are aware, we need to turn our dreams into goals, break them down to objectives and strategically
navigate our actions to achieve all of the above in the goals, break them down to objectives and strategically Now that we are aware, we need to turn our dreams into to realistically assess its feasibility. your head and critically look at your idea you will be able of success away from our real chances. Once you clear for what they really are and skews our perceived chances overthinking situations prevents us from seeing things perfectly accomplishable ideas. Adding complexity by failing at something prevents most of us from pursuing $10 on your tax return. That fear of feeling bad from you’ve misplaced a $10 bill compared to seeing an extra win. Think about how much worse it sucks to discover with greater intensity than they do an equal valued According to prospect theory, people perceive loss real, it is an illusion that we magnify in our own mind. donkey-turtles, whatever. It doesn’t matter. Fear is not fear of commitment, fear of public ridicule, fear of flying think is a good idea is fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, What holds most of us back from pursuing what we with intent and intensity. it come true. What will make it come true is going after it case scenario or pondering on a great idea won’t make go and get it! Sitting around dreaming about the best matter what it is, if you think you want it in your life, My biggest takeaway from this year is to go for it! No
navigate our actions to achieve all of the above in the optimal way. Doesn’t sound easy? Well, it’s not even the hard part. Even when you make the best, most detailed plan complete with risks and contingencies, things will go wrong. People will back out on you, cash flow will be tight, and things will not go according to plan. That is when you start pulling rabbits out of your hat. Welcome these unforeseen challenges and allow them to entice you to jump through hoops and over hurdles. Owning your success will be that much more satisfying at the end of the day. If you never take the first step, you will never reach your destination and you will never know what it’s like to be at the end of that journey. Only at the end can you truly determine whether taking the leap was worth it or not. Sometimes you will meet disappointment, other times, an ecstasy of joy and pride in your own work. A glistening illusion in your mind’s eye can be mesmerizing, but that is all it will ever be, it will always fall short in comparison to the reality of experience. I learned to stop denying myself great experiences. You can too! So get up, pursue your goals and remember that a coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero dies but once. When it comes to improvements at our school, I would like to suggest an idea we came up with at a joint MBA Undergrad competition last year. The school can leverage the high caliber of professors it employs to attract students, projects and research on a global scale by introducing a free online business course to the global community. We have some talented lecturers that can captivate an audience with great skill. This idea worked at HBS, Stanford, MIT, Oxford and is even implemented on a certain scale right here with Dino 101. I believe this addition can benefit the school in many ways in the short run as well as to add prestige and honor in the long run.
run as well as to add prestige and honor in the long run. addition can benefit the school in many ways in the short on a certain scale right here with Dino 101. I believe this at HBS, Stanford, MIT, Oxford and is even implemented captivate an audience with great skill. This idea worked community. We have some talented lecturers that can by introducing a free online business course to the global attract students, projects and research on a global scale leverage the high caliber of professors it employs to MBA Undergrad competition last year. The school can like to suggest an idea we came up with at a joint When it comes to improvements at our school, I would a thousand deaths, a hero dies but once. up, peruse your goals and remember that a coward dies denying myself great experiences. You can too! So get comparison to the reality of experience. I learned to stop but that is all it will ever be, it will always fall short in glistening illusion in your mind’s eye can be mesmerizing, an ecstasy of joy and pride in your own handiwork. A Sometimes you will meet disappointment, other times, determine whether taking the leap was worth it or not. at the end of that journey. Only at the end can you truly destination and you will never know what it’s like to be If you never take the first step, you will never reach your
Lazy Chat with
Lauren Briske LAUREN BRISKE, A FINAL YEAR accounting major sat down with Lazy Faire to chat about her involvements on and off campus during her SoB career, and her plans for the future. For those hearing about you for the first time, can you give a snapshot of your involvements on campus? I’ve been involved with a lot of business clubs over the years, like RMBS which I did for a couple of years, and I was one of the co-founders of the Network of Empowered Women conference. I’ve done the co-op program and did a few internships along the way, including Startup Edmonton who I work for now. Most recently I started a group called Entrepreneurship Club (e-Club) which is working closely with e-Hub on campus. That’s really interesting, why don’t you talk a little bit about e-Club? Essentially what we’re doing is trying to spread a sense of entrepreneurial thinking across campus. We want to shift students’ minds from spending their university careers simply thinking about marks to instead think about how they can engage the university community and make it a better place. As the founder of e-Club, do you have any advice for students thinking about going in a more creative direction? I think the best thing a student can do is break out of the normal routine by attending events and workshops so that they can get engaged with creative individuals. There’s a lot to be learned from people who have started their own businesses or have worked on creative projects. Find someone you see doing what you’d like to do, and then go find out how they did it. Most people don’t think of accounting as the most creative field As an entrepreneur yourself, how does your major fit into your vision of yourself? I definitely get told that a lot. People are kind of surprised when they find out my major because I don’t really fit the stereotype, which by the way, I don’t think really exists. You learn a lot along the way learning accounting, like attention to detail and analytical thinking. Besides, even in accounting
there is more than one answer for everything. It’s up to you to be able to see a problem from all angles and come up with the best solution. With this month’s theme of “School’s Out”, what do you have planned for the summer? I’m going to continue to work with Startup Edmonton over the summer, but what I’m really excited for is the cross-Canada road trip I’ve planned. A friend of mine in the SoB, and myself are going to meet up with friends and colleagues we’ve met over the years during conferences and case competitions. That’s one of the things I love most about doing case competitions—you just might end up meeting or working with these people again someday! Now that your degree is finally wrapping up, have you thought about where you’ll be in 5 years? 10 years? That’s a tough question! I would definitely like to own my own business one day. I’m actually working on a startup right now. It was an idea that came out of my entrepreneurship class last semester. We wanted to create an app that would offset the negative impact that mobile electronics have on physical inactivity rates in children. The premise is that the kid gets a superhero with the app, and then they have to exercise and make healthy eating choices to give their superhero its powers. We’re really excited about it! Do you think you’re going to stay in Edmonton long term? I actually really do want to stay. The city’s personality just seems to match up with mine. There is so much going on, and so much world class talent. It’s a community of builders, really. I’m very much of the mindset that, while there are of course endless opportunities to work and live in other cities across the globe, I would rather create opportunity here than chase it elsewhere.
written by THOMAS YONAN designed by JENNY TRUONG photographed by MICHAEL ZHANG
2 102 AVE
The greatest time of year is approaching; no, not Christmas, reading week or Halloween. season is right around the corner! Edmonton has an eclectic mix of patios that welcome us all to lounge, eat, drink, and bathe in the tranquility of the warm summer nights to come.
4 87 AVE
WHY TE AVE
10065 100 street
Expensive? Yes… but no other location gives you the view of Edmonton in such a grandiose manor. Or just go for a drink! 2 Riverside Bistro
1 Café Leva
10505 82 Ave
BLVD GATE WAY
In order to fairly and properly rank the best patios, three categories have been created.
1 Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
11053 86 Ave
With daily drink specials and a comfortable patio designed for groups, Billiards is number 1! My friends hanging out on Tuesday nights for ½ off wine special, if you want a weeknight to never end, Billiards is the spot.
They serve !! Hidden behind homes and condos Café Leva is a great spot for a romantic coffee date that can easily transition into a wine date! Oh, and all the obvious major food groups are served: wine, coffee pizza and gelato.
2 The Black Dog Freehouse
2 Starbucks High Street
1 Thornton Court Northwest, Courtyard Marriot
3 Earls Tin Palace
11830 Jasper Avenue
The food is good but the Sangria is worth going for. Grab an outdoor cabana and order a couple jugs of sangria. There is absolutely no way you can have a rotten time sipping Earl’s sangria on a hot summer day! 4 Joey’s South Common
9911 19 Ave
This made the list because the patio is absolutely gorgeous. There is no view to be had but the flowers, music, and able seating make it great for small groups and couples. The Blackened Sea Bass. 5 Steel Wheels Pizzeria
10307 85 Ave
It pains me to publicly share this location… The best deal in the entire city bar none: two pieces of pizza for $3 $3 Beers every day! Open from 7pm to 4 am, this is a great way to end any Whyte Ave summer night! This would be 1st on this list but there is no view of the city just views of the best pizza ever! Kimichi pizza is a must!
written by TSEGA MACDONALD By: Tsega MacDonald designed by LINNEA LAPP Designed by: Linnea Lapp
10425 82 Ave
The beer is cheap, the atmosphere inviting, and the music is just awesome. 3 The Common
910 109 St
Hipster swanky meets edgy downtown. If you’re looking to hangout and eat truffle popcorn while sipping on swanky bubble, check it out! 4 Hudson’s on Whyte
10307 82 Ave
A classic spot with daily drink specials. It also has quite possibly the largest patio on Whyte.
12507 102 Ave
This might sound boring but the wooden patio is tucked behind a busy 124th and offers comfortable seating options with your tried-but-true latte. 3 Bananas Cafe
1 Winston Churchill Blvd
Enjoy soy latté and play life-size chess! 4 Sugar Bowl Café and dbar
10922 88 Ave
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. With over 160 craft beers and 15 rotating taps! Happy hour from 2pm to 7pm daily. Patio brunch is a personal recommendation
5 Original Joe’s High Street
5 Elm Café
There are several good locations in Edmonton but this one is ! Meet up with friends enjoy ½ off wine on Thursdays and the fish tacos are actually the greatest in the city.
Great food and even better services! Elm never disappoints with new menu items and a great drinks menu.
10140 117 St
Honorable mentions for People Watching while on a patio: 1 Julio’s Barrio Mexican Restaurant 2 Joey’s On Jasper 3 Tiramisu Bistro
11228 Jasper Avenue
10750 124 St NW
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