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Message from Our Sponsor

Proud Sponsor of the BSA and Lazy-Faire Magazine Make this season a little brighter for others. While giving to others is great activity all year-round, the holidays tend to bring out the charitable side in most students and companies. I am proud to work for XEROX, an organization that allows us to donate time during our work day to support our communities. Our local Xerox office has helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity, organized food drives, collected and dropped off gifts for Santa’s Anonymous and has participated in many more fun and rewarding projects. There are many things that you could do to help someone this holiday season even if you’re strapped for cash because you do have something very valuable you can share: TIME. Not everything costs money when you try and help others. Try some of these ideas with your friends and family and make a difference. • Head to your local fire station to thank firefighters for what they do. You can bring them yummy treats and handcrafted cards. • Offer to baby-sit for a student who is a single parent. • Go though your closet. How many of us have clothes you have worn once or not even at all? Take all those clothes you don’t wear, put them in a bag and take it to your local drop off…or have a fun clothes swap party with your friends - everyone one brings two items they do not want anymore and trade with friends. • Invite an elderly neighbour or someone who lives alone to join your celebration • Deliver a meal to a family in need or offer to make dinner for new parents • Donate food to a local charity or food bank or take the time to volunteer to organize the cans of food • Visit your local animal shelter and volunteer to walk and feed rescue pets. • Volunteer at a soup kitchen • Visit hospital patients, seniors home and help decorate or just sing carols • Shovel snow for a neighbour Volunteering with my children has given me treasured memories. I will never forget the first time my son and daughter brought 200 baby caps and Timbits to the nurse’s station at a local Edmonton hospital. Seeing their faces light up as we presented the gift and a thank you card…it was incredible! Giving back can build your child’s confidence, sense of community and compassion for others…and it does wonders for us bigger kids too. Plus, its fun, so give back, it

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may be easier than you think! From all of us at XEROX and our local Authorized Xerox Agency Segue Systems, have a safe and happy December. Diana Wyley Recruiter and Talent Management Western Canada, Xerox Canada Diana’s professional sales career began in 1999 with a position with Xerox Canada based in Edmonton. She spent 5 years in various sales roles and 6 years as a Field Sales Training Manager aiding her students in areas such as sales strategies, personal growth, career transition, confidence building, every day life challenges and goal setting. In her current role as a recruiter Diana is always on the look out for great sales talent. You can contact her directly at Diana.Wyley@xerox.com


Editor’s Note

If you’re like me, then you will agree that the worst part of fall semester is finishing so close to Christmas that there is no time for shopping unless you are willing to sacrifice a bit of your GPA. Or, you’re one of those people that somehow manage a 4.0 and get everyone a perfect present. Yes, I’m aware of a thing called time management but it seems to allude me. So if you’re short on time or aren’t a great gift-giver, take a peek at our Christmas guides. Presents come in many guises and maybe you’ll see something you hadn’t thought of before. If you’re a big fan of the slopes but can’t quite decide which ones to check out this winter, take a look at the Mountain Guide to help you pick one that fits your style and skill-level. We hope you enjoy this issue. It was put together with love and passion and we anticipate you’ll like it. At the end of the day, this season is about sharing – love, time or presents. So find something you have to give and share it with someone you love. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Jyoti Lamba

Breanne Fisher

Magazine Contributors

Breanne Fisher Editor bkfisher”ualberta.ca

Farzana Allidina Karolina Zheng Sally Au Brittanee Tomkow Shirley Guo Matt Crowley Breanne Pisani Pam Chang Lance Chung Paul Kan Bryan Tran

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Creative Director farzanaallidina”shaw.ca Creative Director kzheng2”ualberta.ca Creative Director yeeting”ualberta.ca Creative Director brittane”ualberta.ca Creative Director jingyans”ualberta.ca Creative Director crowley”ualberta.ca Senior Contributor bpisani”ualberta.ca Senior Contributor pamelinachang”gmail.com Senior Contributor lance1”ualberta.ca Production Director kanofpulc33”hotmail.com Photography pthal.tran”gmail.com

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Table of Contents

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CALENDAR

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MOVED TO ACTION: interview with Jared Smith of Incite Marketing

HOW TO DE-STRESS

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MOUNTAIN REVIEWS

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COFFEE VS. TEA: caffeinated to the bitter end

health and wellness

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GRAD UPDATE

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AISEC’S NATIONAL STUDENT CONFERENCE

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STUDY SPOTS EXPOSED

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HOCKEY POOL

student life

business

FOR BUSINESS SCHOOL UPDATE

entertainment

EDITOR’S NOTE

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HOLIDAY EVENTS AROUND EDMONTON

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WHAT NOT TO GIVE FOR CHRISTMAS

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LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS theatre review

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Exercise! Most of us tend to put off exercising when we have

a lot of studying to get done, or projects to complete. However, staying active actually heightens your mood and reduces stress. Don’t have time for a full work out? Take a few minutes to stretch; you’ll receive some of the same benefits.

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While most of us prefer a cup or two of coffee while studying, the caffeine actually increases nervous activity. Water allows your body to hydrate and keep functioning for longer periods. If you can’t function as well without the caffeine, make sure you at least drink a few glasses of water throughout the day.

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Set aside time for yourself. Whatever you do, don’t feel the pressure to study nonstop 24/7. Sometimes a little procrastination can be a good thing. Go meet a friend for coffee, watch your favorite TV show, or even indulge in some retail therapy. Whatever it is you enjoy, don’t feel guilty for taking a few hours out of your day to do it.

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study in a cluttered space can lead to more anxiety. Take a few minutes to organize your workspace before you hit the books. You’ll be able to study longer with fewer distractions.

Drink water!

How to De-stress With finals looming around the corner, December can be an extremely stressful month. The Lazy-Faire has put together some quick tips to help you make through to Christmas holidays without sweatin’ it too much.

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Sleep! Many people

tend to sacrifice sleep for studying, and while this may be the only option, it is often not a good one. Plan ahead of time to avoid those late night cramming sessions. If you are well rested, chances are that you will be more productive during the day.

Set goals.

Be realistic about what you want to accomplish each day. Exam time is rough, but taking it one day at a time will be much less overwhelming. Try to meet your daily goals and avoid that last minute panic we all seem to face the day before the big test.

Treat yourself after a big test. It’s true you might have another big final in the next couple days, but give yourself a break after finishing each final. Clear your mind and release your stress before

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tackling the next subject. It might just be easier to study.

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Entertainment

Holiday Events around Edmonton

By Lance Chung and Jyoti Lamba

Festival of Trees (Dec. 2nd – Dec. 5th) Location: Shaw Conference Centre Cost: Adults-$6, Youth/Senior-$3, Children age 2-12-$1, Under 2-FREE! Start off the holidays by finding inspiration for your conifer at this festive event, which attracts more than 35, 000 people every year! After taking in the sights of more than 100 stunning Christmas trees, peruse through gingerbread village and visit 150 of the other displays that this festival has to offer! All funds raised go towards supporting the brain sciences program at the UofA Hospital. Candy Cane Lane (Dec. 11th – Jan. 2nd) Location: 148 St., between 100 Ave & 92 Ave. Cost: FREE, with a non-perishable food item for the Edmonton Food Bank Lights! Christmas! Attraction! Come visit this massively popular holiday event, alongside the hundreds of thousands of others, displaying the very best in Christmas light and decoration display! A great place to find Christmas cheer, holiday magic, and…your new profile picture! New Year’s Eve Edmonton (December 31st) Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square Cost: FREE Ring in the New Year with a flurry of activities to celebrate new beginnings! Held on and around Sir Winston Churchill Square, entertainment comes in many different shapes and sizes, from live music and street dancing to bonfires and children’s activities! Deep Freeze Festival (Jan 8th – Jan 9th) Location: 92nd St. and 118th Ave. Cost: FREE “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, but you love it! Get festive outside on Alberta Ave at the Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival! Enjoy the best that Mother Nature has to offer, from skating and curling to snow

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carving and street hockey. Then warm yourself up inside with some great eats, music, and art! Ice on Whyte (Jan 13th – Jan 23rd) Location: Whyte Avenue Cost: Adults: $5, 2-14 y.o: $2.50 Igloos ain’t got nothing on this! Come on down and visit this super cool event, showcasing events like the International Carving Competition, Giant Ice Slide, and Ice Castle. A great event for the little ones to play, through the L’il Chipper Program for school groups. Ice on Whyte also provides live nightly entertainment and hot bevies in the Van Houtte Café at Festival Park! Silver Skate (Feb 18th – Feb 21st) Location: Hawrelak Park Cost: FREE Edmonton’s longest running winter festival presents the very best that the season has to offer, including the Snow Sculpture Competition, horse-drawn sleigh rides, live entertainment, winter triathalon and long blade skate marathon, and many other free events and activities!


Health and Wellness

Mountain Reference Guide

The snow is falling and the weather is chilled. It is time to stop the books and hit the slopes! No matter what kind of rider you are either powder hunter or terrain rider, use this guide as a quick reference to selected mountains across western Canada.

Marmot Basin – Jasper, AB Surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, Marmot Basin has a breathtaking and serene view. This mountain is located approximately 15 minutes away from the town of Jasper and offers almost the perfect balance of difficulties for all riders. This mountain serves as an awesome weekend getaway away leaving midterms and assignments 4 hours away.

Panorama Mountain Village – Panorama, AB Panorama Mountain Village is one of the many mountains located in British Columbia amongst the Canadian Rockies. This hill is geared towards intermediate riders but suitable for all! Panorama has the largest terrain park in the Canadian Rockies region, perfect for learning and fine tuning tricks. Also, Panorama has an immense amount of on hill condos perfect for group travelling and partying.

Statistics 86 Runs, 8 lifts, Terrain Park, On hill rentals & repairs, $59/day

Statistics 120 runs, 9 lifts, Terrain Park, on hill rentals & repairs, $69/day

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort– Golden, BC Kicking Horse is known as the “Champagne Powder Capital of Canada” receiving an average of 7 metres annually. This hill consists primarily of trails for advanced riders and has numerous hiking trails for an even wilder and challenging ride. If you are in the mood for lunch, take a break at the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant that rests on the mountain’s summit. Statistics 106 runs, 5 lifts, Terrain Park, Mountain tours, cross country skiing, on hill rentals & repairs, $73/day

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Lake Louise – Lake Louise, AB Lake Louise is one of the largest resorts in North America spanning over four mountain faces revealing the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. This mountain has runs for all skill levels spanning across all four faces for those willing to go on an adventure. For those just starting out there is a green run present at all lifts and an Adventure Park perfect for learning. For intermediate and advanced riders, there are an immense amount of bowls and steeps to conquer. Statistics 139 runs + Back Bowls, 9 lifts, Terrain Park, adventure park, on hill rentals & repairs, $38/day

Kimberley Alpine Resort – Kimberley, BC Kimberley is said to have the best combination of sun and powder compared to any other resort! This mountain is deemed more appropriate for skiers but both skiers and boarders enjoy what this resort has to offer! But for boarders many runs end with green plateaus so remember to gain speed on hill or be prepared to unbuckle and push.

Fernie Alpine Resort – Fernie, BC Fernie is one of the largest growing resorts in Canada and offers a variety of terrain appealing to all levels. This hill comes equipped with numerous bowls, glades and chutes waiting to be explored. Fernie is known for an immense amount of powder and an enriching history. It was believed that the Ghostrider and Sasquatch lived in this location!

Statistics 80 runs, 5 lifts, Rail Park, cross country skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, on hill rentals, $59.95/day

Statistics 112 runs, 9 lifts, Rail park, cross country skiing, on hill rentals, $75.95/day

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Student Life

Winter Gala 2011:

Sabatoge and Espionage

Mission: Winter Gala Redefined has commenced. The SoB Spy Organization needs your help! Test your spy skills and join us.

Featuring:

January 22, 2011 Shaw Conference Centre

• Award-winning fine dining with world class service! • Flashworks Photobooth

Cocktails 5:30pm

• Rapid Fire Theatre Improv • Dance Party

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Christmas Gifts Don’ts

We’ve all been there: the fake smiles and the awkward “Oh, wow, thanks, it’s exactly what I wanted for Christmas!” At some point in our lives, we’ve all received crappy presents. They range from the mundane (socks, ties, Christmas sweaters), the thoughtless (a bottle of scotch for a recovering alcoholic), to the down right weird (nose hair clippers). Since we’ve all been victims the modern day lump of coal, here are some Christmas gifts don’ts. Bath Products We all know that Bath & Body Works and The Body Shop makes pretty pre-packaged gift baskets of scented soaps and body wash, but do you really want to give a gift that says ‘please shower more?’ Christmas Clothes It might seem like a good idea at the time, but it is tacky…enough said.

By Pamelina Chang

Gym Memberships/Bathroom Scales This gift shouts, ‘You’re fat, lose weight.’ Unless this person specifically asked for this particular gift, don’t do it. Most people know they have to lose weight and they don’t need a reminder during the Christmas season. So if you value your relationships, DO NOT give this gift.

Christmas shopping can be arduous and time-consuming, so don’t wait until December 24th to do it. A little thought and effort can go a long way with Christmas gifts. Nine times out of ten, people prefer a cheap, thoughtful gift to an expensive pre-packaged present.

Re-gifts If you received something that you didn’t like, what makes you think that someone else is going to like it themselves? If you do re-gift, make sure you don’t give it back to the person who gave it to you in the first place! Scented Items This includes soaps, lotions, perfumes, candles and anything else you can think of. Everyone has a different sense of smell. Something that smells good to you doesn’t necessarily mean it will smell good to the person who receives the gift.

“Are you ready to learn? Are you ready to network? Are you ready to develop personally and professionally? Are you ready to be part of National Congress 2011?” On its 40th Anniversary as a Local Committee, AIESEC Edmonton is thrilled to be hosting National Congress from December 30 – January 3. This annual conference welcomes students from the top 28 university campuses in Canada, as well as interns and other students from around the world. The focus of this conference is to develop the top incoming executives for their roles and to unite members as they participate in five days of intense personal and professional development, culminating in the election of the next President of AIESEC Canada. As the delegates return to their cities, they leave better equipped with the skills to become environmentally and socially responsible global leaders.

As some of the most passionate, engaged, and ambitious post-secondary students in the country, the conference attendees represent the future of business and innovation in Canada. Our national and local partners are key participants in this five-day learning experience through panel discussions, workshops, and coaching opportunities. National Congress 2011 is committed to Acting Sustainably: Individually, Collectively, and Globally. As citizens of the world, we are responsible to each other by our individual choices and actions. And together, our collective pursuit for peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential is but an arm’s reach.

For more information, please visit: www.nc2011.ca or www.aiesec.ca/edmonton on how to become involved.

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Student Life

Before you know it, you have shoved your nose in a textbook and it won’t come out until the snow melts. We all know the standard study space suspects: the Winspear Library, the Rutherford Library, and the Cameron Library, but some of us like to break away from the norm. I set out to find some unconventional study spaces with unique characteristics. Just like a suit and tie, your study space should be customized to fit your own personal style.

Spots for “Campus Crawlers”:

For those of you who like the comfort of home and prefer to stay on campus.

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Medical Science Library Wifi Availability: Yes Natural Light: **** Plug-ins Available: **** Silence: ***** Comfort: ** Accessibility for Long Study Hours: ** Chemistry Wing in Tory Wifi Availability: Yes Natural Light: * Plug-ins Available: ** Silence: **** Comfort: ** Accessibility for Long Study Hours: *** Quiet Room inside the Students’ Union Building Wifi Availability: Yes Natural Light: *** Plug-ins Available: ** Silence: **** Comfort: **** Accessibility for Long Study Hours: **** Study Space Tips:

Spots for “Coffee Shop Blockers”:

Spots for those who love “location, location, location”:

The Sugarbowl Wifi Availability: Yes Natural Light: ** Plug-ins Available: * Silence: ** Comfort: ** Accessibility for Long Study Hours: ****

Edmonton Public Library Wifi Availability: Yes Natural Light: *** Plug-ins Available: *** Silence: *** Comfort: *** Accessibility for Long Study Hours:*

Good Earth Cafe Wifi Availability: Yes Natural Light: *** Plug-ins Available: * Silence: ** Comfort: *** Accessibility for Long Study Hours: **

Starbucks/Second Cup Wifi Availability: Yes Natural Light: ** Plug-ins Available: * Silence: * Comfort: *** Accessibility for Long Study Hours: **

For those who require caffeine accessibility and a trendy place to show off their Mac’s.

Remedy Cafe Wifi Availability: Yes Natural Light: ** Plug-ins Available: * Silence: * Comfort: ***

For those who don’t play well with Alberta weather.

Legend * Very Poor ** Poor *** Adequate **** Great ***** Excellent!

Conf ident ial

1. Evaluate your personality and preferences. 2. Look for places that are available when you need it and free of any distractions or interruptions. 3. Identify the space, claim it, and make repeat visits. 4. Gather all your supplies in advance. This includes water and any necessary snacks. 5. Make sure your study area is comfortable for you. 6. Establish study rules for yourself and anyone joining you.

Finding the right study space for your personality and learning style is just as important as the studying itself. Some people like to study in groups, while some need to shut out the rest of the world. Personally, I will stick to home-sweet-home. It rates the maximum level on my comfort scale and I am easily accessible to my study buddies: Ben and Jerry. Wherever your study space is, stake your claim quickly. Good luck with your late night cramming (we know you all do it). Happy studying!

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Health and Wellness

Tea VS Coffee: Caffeinated to the Bitter End

By Sally Au

As December comes to a close, we must face the inevitable fate of Finals. It falls during the greatest time of year, but rather than drinking Gingerbread lattes and enjoying the mega holiday sales, many of us stay awake all night – half-heartedly delving into 500 pages of textbooks. It’s the greatest Christmas gift, which includes complimentary dark circles under our eyes and an extra 3 inches around our waistlines. As this period of our lives leads to an unavoidable time of sleep-deprivation, many of us question what the best ways to prevent falling asleep on the Scantron are. Like it or not, almost all stu-

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Health and Wellness dents will succumb to one solution: Caffeine.

are naturally caffeine- free and high in vitamin C.

oxygen).

I personally admit it; finals or not, I am a caffeine addict 24-7. Coffee, tea, diet coke… I drink it all. As I have an 8 o’clock class many mornings, I can’t function without a big mug of strong, black espresso. I can hardly keep my eyes or ears open until I smell that heavenly scent of coffee. However, whenever I’m home, I always trade my coffee for a nice cup of tea. It’s much healthier than the venti double chocolate chip skinny white mocha Frappuccino with a single shot of expresso, half whip, skim milk, sugarfree caramel syrup, shaken not stirred at Starbucks. Just like coffee, there are numerous varieties of tea, but with many more antioxidants. Some other health benefits of tea include: preventing cancer, lowering cholesterol, strengthening the immune system, and increasing drinkers’ alkaloid level (from EGCG). Green tea and Pu-erh tea are even believed to speed up the metabolism, and thus weight loss.

While nothing will stop me from getting my morning coffee, I often turn for a cup of tea when I want to relax on a gloomy afternoon or after a tough day at school.

3. Put approximately 2 grams or 1 tsp. of tea leaves per 6-8 oz. of water into a pre-heated pot or cup (pre-heating will allow the tea to steep at the proper temperature).

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4. Then add hot water according the chart below for the type of tea you are brewing.

Black Tea is probably the most known and loved tea in the west. It is more oxidized than Green Tea, Oolong and White Tea, stronger in flavor, and usually contains more caffeine. Black Tea also tastes great alone or with milk, sugar or honey and makes an excellent Ice Tea.

Often considered the “popcorn tea” or the “Rice Krispie” of the tea world. This popular blend contains whole roasted grains of brown rice, some of which have popped. It provides a sweet, toasted rice flavor with a hint of green tea.

Green tea, on the other hand has been enjoyed in China and Japan for more than 3,000 years. Unlike Black Tea, Green Tea has more antioxidants since the leaves are un-oxidized. Oxidation lowers the levels of antioxidant present in the final tea. Oolong, which is also known as Wu Long or Black Dragon, is a semi-oxidized tea. The oxidation can range from 10% to 70%. As a result, the teas have a full-bodied, fragrant and fruity aroma. It is one of the most served teas in Chinese Restaurants. Oolong is also often considered to be a weight loss tea because it helps burn fat.

Café Mocha This black tea is perfect for recovering coffeeaddicts. It carries a strong, rich flavour and contains an array of coffee beans. Try it during times that you crave that dark and tempting espresso flavor. It is the perfect blend of black tea and coffee, and is laced it with chicory, almonds and chocolate to make it even more alluring. Genmaicha

Dragon Pearls To prepare this wonderful concoction, green tea leaves are individually hand-rolled into round pearls. Made from green tea leaves scented with blooming jasmine flowers, these pearls are perfect little gems. When you infuse them in hot water, the pearls unravel to life and release the most intensely beautiful scent. Jasmine silver needle This is a green tea which provides an intoxicating jasmine scent. Deliacy is paramount within this perfectly balanced Chinese tea, both in aroma and taste.

White tea is the uncured and un-oxidized tea leaf, so it is very high in antioxidants and very low in caffeine. White tea is the tea that is made from new buds and very young, very gently dried tea leaves. Because of the careful and light processing, the leaves retain all their antioxidants. White teas are appreciated for their unmatched subtlety, natural sweetness, and delicacy.

Ginseng Oolong

The Rooibos Tea is a non- caffeinated African tea. It has a naturally sweet taste and contains no additives, preservatives or colorants. Rooibos is enjoyed any time of the day as a hot or cold drink, and for the evening for relaxation.

Here are some instructions for brewing a perfect cup of tea:

Fruit Blends consist of real dried fruit, natural flavourings and aromas. The majority of Fruit Blends

Providing a unique aroma and depth of flavor, the Oolong is coated with ginseng and releases a sweet, liquorice taste. It helps to replenish energy and is good for the drinker’s “CHI”. The Perfect Cup of Tea

1. First start with cold, great tasting, water. 2. Then bring the desired amount of water to a rolling boil. (Do not boil the water for a long period of time because this too will deplete the water of

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*Please note that these are general guidelines. *The water temperature does not have to be exact. *The main thing to remember is to not use boiling water for Green or White teas. They will burn and create bitter flavors. Black Tea Rolling Boil 3-5 minutes Green Tea 160 Degrees F 1-3 minutes Oolong Tea 190 Degrees F 1-8 minutes White Tea 180 Degrees F 4-8 minutes Rooibos Tea 180 Degrees F 5-10 minutes Fruit Blends Rolling Boil 4-8 minutes The amount of time that the tea steeps will determine how strong it is. I enjoy different teas at varying strengths. Therefore, I would suggest that when you buy a new tea, try checking the taste every minute with a spoon as it is steeping. This way you can blow on it so you won’t burn your tongue!


Business

MOVED TO ACTION: Jared Smith By Breanne Fisher

Have you been “moved” lately? Jared Smith,

co-founder of Incite Solutions Inc has. Incite’s slogan, “Marketing that Moves” acts as a perfect metaphor for what Jared has visibly achieved after his degree: moving clients, networks, and employees to a commanding and pervasive position within the business community. Jared is no stranger to inspiring Bachelor of Commerce undergrads to persevere and relinquish themselves to a fervent passion. After graduating from the University of Alberta’s Commerce program, Jared and co-founder Ted Currie decided to actively pursue their interest in relationship marketing and began Incite. Through years of cultivating a network, developing a strong aptitude for “authentic marketing”, and surrounding themselves with a diverse and creative team, the company has flourished into a driving force in the marketing industry. Curious about what led to his thriving success, I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jared to discover how he successfully emerged from the Commerce program into the business world. Jared revealed that while he worked on his undergraduate degree, he acted as VP Marketing on AISEC. It was there he met his current business partner, Ted Currie, and began to refine a visible skill for building strong connections. In fact, through the

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connections that he made while in University, Jared built a “database” that he would later leverage in the initial development of his company. After graduating, Jared travelled to Nanjing, China for six months to practice martial arts with a genuine Kung Fu Master. It was here that he was first introduced to the importance of growing and sustaining authentic relationships. The Chinese method of “Guanxi,” which emphasizes the importance of building strong reciprocal relationships within business, became an influence in Incite’s overall strategy. Once returning to Canada, Jared and his friend Ted Currie decided to begin their own marketing enterprise – contracting out their expertise to the network they developed as undergrads. From there, their initially humble business began to blossom into a well-established firm – eventually becoming recognized in Alberta Venture as one of Alberta’s fastest-growing companies in the “Top 25 under $20 Million” category, and on PROFIT Magazine’s “Next 100” list. Jared attributes much of his success to taking risks and stepping out of his comfort zone. In University, he enrolled himself in all the “hard courses,” volun-

“If you want to be incredible, surround yourself with incredible people.”

-Grandpa Smith

teered in a multitude of activities, and met many, many people. During his time as a student, he even personally called 120 people that he simply wanted to learn from – not a single person he called refused to meet him. Through his extensive experience within the Bachelor of Commerce program and outside, he began to recognize what key traits determine a student’s triumph within the business world, and what many students appear to lack. Here are some


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of his tips for Commerce students:

▪ Follow your passion. Take a risk and challenge

yourself. As Jared says, “It’s a difficult thing to do, but it tests you.” ▪ As an employer, Jared zones in on 3 specific qualities of applicants. In order of importance, he lists: their attitude, their talent, their education. Jared says that to him, an applicant’s GPA and grades are secondary to their talent and interpersonal skills.

▪ Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer.

University provides a plethora of opportunities to engage with the community, take initiative outside of classes, try something new, and develop yourself personally. Take advantage of this while you can.

chance to meet “potential hires.” However, the window of opportunity to do this quickly closes when students graduate and officially enter the working world.

and build their knowledge by engaging in realworld business experience. However, Jared did emphasize that getting a degree is a tremendous asset in order to be hired.

▪ Work on your “hard skills”: writing,

▪ Be prepared to “get hit in the face.” Jared’s

communicating, presenting yourself. Although skills involving interpersonal relations have become recognized as “soft skills,” Jared likes to call them “hard.” He says that many students spend their degree concentrating solely on their schoolwork and technical courses. While in University, Jared decided to use some of his electives to study drama and creative writing. He realized early on that much of life is about promoting yourself, managing your networks, and captivating others’ attention as a memorable presence.

▪Remember that “degrees are a mini-

Jared found that some of the best entre▪ Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. While mum.” preneurs he met weren’t necessarily people who did studying as an undergrad, Jared was surprised to find that it was actually quite easy for a student to connect with the business community. He says that even though students may be initially hesitant to reach out, many entrepreneurs are salivating at the

well in school. In fact, many of them did not graduate from high school. The key to their success was a developed sense of “practical intelligence.” They took the initiative to learn outside of the classroom

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karate sensei once told him, “You will be hit in the face – a lot, but don’t take it personally.” This statement stays relevant to him through his instructing role in Go Ju Kai Karate and in his own business ventures. He conveyed that there will always be times of failure and defeat, but it is how you learn from it that is critical to success. After the interview, I realized that much of Jared’s success is a testament to one final piece of advice he had to offer to students. The advice came in the insightful words of his (often quoted) Grandpa Smith, who simply expressed: “if you want to be incredible, surround yourself with incredible people.” There is no question that Jared has taken these words to heart.


Entertainment

Love and Human Remains Theatre Review

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Love Remains, But Feeling Barely Human

Rating: 2 stars out of 5 It was early on a Saturday morning. David was fast asleep and Candy was in a distraught panic. She was dressed tip to toe in a tidy go-getter homemaker outfit. Her face was lined and stretched and strained. She scrambled wildly with a handheld vacuum trying to clean every crumb at once. Candy sang loudly and pitifully: a positive song from a broken heart. Uncomfortably, we watched her suffer and listened to her gut-wrenching wails disguised in a pleasant song. And we were absolutely shocked that the cause of this caterwauling was that Candy had fulfilled her lust for a lesbian experience the night before. She felt cheap. Love and Human Remains captivates the audience with uncomfortable, gritty realism. For me, the play was like pestering about a bulging pimple: I wanted to what the outcome would be, but I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to bear the pain of knowing.

It seemed that nudity was for the sake the sake of exposure. It became a toying boast of sexual dominance and suggested that remaining selfish was the only way for the characters to achieve whatever you really wanted. Like edible panties or a one-night stand, the story was sensualistic and decadent but also cheap. Also, violence seared through the performance like a death angel looming over sinful, proliferate sex. It felt filthy. And very real. Perhaps ignorance is better than knowing.

David (Ben Dextraze)

Imagine indulging in one of those fleeting impulses: one of those rare, mysterious magnetisms to that forbidden fruit. And if you just trusted that impulse and allowed those sweet juices to culminate on your sexual palate, would you dare to enjoy it? What if that indulgence was beyond the range of your personally held image? Would you still consider yourself the same person the next morning? Our story would suggest that such an experience is like bearing a storm without anchor: be prepared to suffer some losses.

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Candy (Gianna Vacirca)


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