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For business students by business students

Summer 2010 Issue I Volume II

Lazy Faire magazine

good Eats

never be hungry again

club’s Corner the blueprint

Welcome to Business!

where’s Where? the 411 on business

stock up on Options a guide to electives


Business Students Association

Business Students Association


Our primary goal is helping others achieve theirs.


Editor’s Note

Letters from the Editors When I became an editor of Lazy-Faire four months ago, I could not have anticipated just how much I would enjoy the experience. To be surrounded by so many interesting and creative people has been truly inspiring. We’ve worked hard this summer to assemble an entirely fresh Lazy-Faire magazine of which we are all incredibly proud. I distinctly recall my own first day as a business student. I spent the day taking the elevator because I could not find the stairs. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen to you. We will not only keep you updated on campus events throughout the year but also provide you with insider information on making the most of your experience at the School of Business.

Jyoti Lamba

This issue is geared completely to you – the incoming business students – as a first glimpse into the exciting faculty that you’re now a part of. This issue is chock-full of information tailored to your needs. Whether you’ve been at the U of A for some time already or you’re a transfer student, there’s definitely something in Lazy-Faire for you. So open up your copy, check out Club’s Corner for information on getting involved, use the maps to explore the business building and surrounding areas and read the guides we’ve provided for you. Whether you’re worried about electives or your next on-campus meal, Lazy-Faire has got you covered. Welcome! P.S. The stairs are actually just across from the elevators.

It’s time!!

Within these pages, you’ll find everything you could ever want to know about starting your first year at the School of Business. Hungry? Try out restaurants that have good food at a low price – listed in our “Good Eats” article. Best Study Spots? Take a look at “Where’s Where”. Not sure what classes to take? Check out a list of top electives (that many students don’t even know about). Need help, or a good chat (or a shoulder to cry on after your first Accounting exam)? Get in touch with someone listed in the Business Students’ Association Profiles Looking for something to pass the time between classes? You could: Take a peek at the Clubs in Clubs Corner. Look up a full calendar of all the events and activities specifically for business students in our September Calendar. Check out info on the upcoming Golf Tournament, Energize Conference and... FROSH!! It’s going to be an amazing year, so make sure you get the best head start. Read on…

Breanne Fisher

Congratulations on making it into one of the best faculties at the University of Alberta! We know that your first year seems pretty overwhelming at first: adjusting to a new environment, new peers, new classes and new expectations is no easy task. But, consider this your official roadmap.

Magazine Contributors Breanne Fisher Editor

Jyoti Lamba Editor

Farzana Allidina Creative Director Karolina Zheng Creative Director Sally Au Creative Director Breanne Pisani Senior Contributor Pulcheria Kan Production Director Bryan Tran Photography


Table of Contents

Lazy faire Summer features Frosh The First Year Experience The “A” List meet the BSA Exec



in every issue


Editor’s Note Contributers Calender Time Killers Coffee Break

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on the cover


Good Eats Club’s Corner Stock up on Options


Where’s Where?

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the lazy-faire team Farzana Allidina

I’m in my third year at the UofA, SMO major. “The First Year Experience” gives you an exclusive look into the first year experiences of a traveller from France, an RMBS alumni and a promising accountant--just a few of the many amazing business students around campus. So what’s my most memorable first year experience? Hijacking classrooms with a friend and writing out problems all over the whiteboards, learning some for the first time, the night before the exam. That, and putting salt in my tea at RMBS. This is my first year being a part of Lazy-Faire and I can’t wait to hear your feedback! Welcome to business!

Breanne Pisani In the fall, I’ll be entering my third year with a major in accounting. I’ve played soccer and volleyball pretty much all my life, and I’m a total sucker for chick flicks. I joined up with Lazy-Faire last year in hopes of finally getting involved with student life at the U of A. My first year in business was quite the rollercoaster and I’m excited to get started again in September. Good luck in your first year at the School of Business! I hope you continue to read Lazy-Faire throughout the year and that you are as excited about it as we all are! P.S. Don’t forget to check out our FaceBook page!

Karolina Zheng I’m an accounting major with a minor in MIS and I suffered a casualty this summer while working on the magazine: the side of my car got majorly scratched during a design meeting. That being said, I’m very excited to be a part of the Lazy-Faire team and I wish you all the best of luck this year. Hint: Procrastination in Bus 201 is incredibly unwise.

Sally Au Like 40% of students in the School of Business, I too am an accounting major. This summer, I worked at a tea shop until it unexpectedly closed down, leaving me unemployed. My most embarrassing moment this past year was revealing to my friends that my favorite game involves Excel. If you find that weird, you won’t after Mgtsc 312. Welcome to Business!

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BSA Book Sale




School Begins


Golf Tournament


Clubs Fair




Clubs Fair

AIESEC Info Session

BSA Book Sale Ends





BEA’s Banff Trip Ends


JDC West Info Session

JDC West Info Session



BEA Exchange Info Session


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Graffiti Night



FROSH Retreat

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FROSH Retreat CESA’s Top of Class Class Add & Drop UAAC’s CA Dinner Dinner


BEA’s Nation to Nation Kickoff



AIESEC Info Session


ICBC Internal Round


AIESEC Info Session


Tuition Due

JDC West Applications Close


BEA’s Banff Trip Begins


Energize Conference

Time Killers Each month, Lazy-Faire features one student from the School of Business and asks them about their “time killers:” where they hang out between classes, what they do during their downtime and other things that interest them. As a student who just finished her first year at the SoB, do you have any advice for incoming students? Embrace change. You’re entering a new phase of your life. A famous quote by Alan Cohen talks about the courage it takes to release the familiar and to tackle the unexpected. It’s a quote I like to live by and it has helped me step out of my comfort zone this year. Also, go to the BSA’s Frosh Retreat. New students will hear this often and that’s because it’s such a fantastic experience. I had an absolute blast and friends of mine who didn’t go definitely regretted it. Did you have any misconceptions coming into business? Well, I came into university thinking I was pretty smart [laughs]. Then I took a couple of courses and that was a real kick to the shins. Don’t underestimate the amount of time required for a course. And no, you cannot learn Accounting 311 two nights before the final. What advice would you give to incoming students about making the most of their education at the SoB? Get involved. It is key. And get out of your comfort zone. Join clubs that you’re interested in. It’s a great way to meet people and gain valuable experience. Speaking of clubs, which clubs are you a member of? Well, this year, I’m a member of the BSA; I am the SAF Director. Basically, every student in the SoB has funds available to them to attend a conference during the year and my job is to keep track of that money. There are some out of province and also some within Alberta and the U of A that you can get reimbursed for. I would highly recommend taking advantage of this. I’m also VP Industry of CEEG this year. CEEG is geared toward giving students the opportunity to learn more about the oil industry. We regularly bring in relevant speakers who have knowledge and experience in this field so anyone who has interest in this area should definitely check us out. Time Killers: StumbleUpon| Such a wealth of interested, albeit random, knowledge! You can find everything from “Greg Rutter’s Definitive List of the 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On the Internet Unless You’re a Loser or Old or Something” to “12 Outfits That Are Sure to Attract a Douchebag.” Seriously, hours of entertainment, guaranteed.

Program Bachelor of Commerce

FreeRice| Build your vocab in five different languages, practice your world geography and basic math skills while contributing food to people who need it most. It helps me feel a little less guilty for not studying.

Year 3 Major Accounting

Quotes “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” –Alan Cohen

Minor International Business

Anna Leyva

Would you like to be featured in the next Time Killers piece and participate in your very own photo shoot? Drop us a line telling us why at submissions

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On the Cover



Good Eats near campus are a must to keep students energized throughout the day! Food is the fuel your brain needs to help you think, so make time to eat. If you skip a meal, you may have trouble concentrating, get a headache, or feel like you didn’t get very much out of your class. Make sure your main meals consist of different combinations of dairy, vegetables, meat, grains, and healthy fats. In addition to eating three meals a day, it is also a good idea to bring snacks such as granola bars or fruits to keep your metabolism up during class, or just to stay awake!


“Make sure your main meals consist of different combinations of dairy, vegetables, meat, grains, and healthy fats.”


By Sally Au

However, remember to balance your diet with regular exercise. No, walking back and forth to classes doesn’t count! Check out the different types of fitness classes Campus Recreation offers. Some classes I suggest are kickboxing and pilates. Make sure you also make full use of the free access to the U of A gym! All you need is your one card to have access to the change and locker room. The next page lists some of the popular hot spots for some delicious and affordable food near campus. Make sure you also remember to go to the BSA Anti-Burnouts for some free food to keep yourself from burning out!

On the Cover 1. Burrito Libre Under $10 per entree 8525A 112 Street NW Mon - Fri: Sat & Sun: 2. Fuss Cupcakes - Whyte Ave


Under $10 per entree 10441 82nd Avenue Sun - Thurs: 10 AM to 10 PM Pita Pazzaz Fri & Sat: 10 AM to 11 PM 15% discount *Show BSA card and get free coffee with purchase of cupcake! 3. Hudsons Canadian Tap House


$10-15 per entree 11113 87 Ave NW Mon - Fri: Sat & Sun: *Wing Wednesdays $.35/wing! *Show BSA card for 20% off food, no line, no cover before 11pm!

Beez 10% discount

International Fare 50 cents off small and medium sizes

The Jacket Potato Man free 16oz. drink with purchase over $5

Academy Pizza $0.50 discount on all orders over $5

4. Ga Ya Korean Restaurant $10-15 per entree 11147 87 Avenue NW Mon - Fri: 11 AM - 8 PM Sat & Sun: Closed


5. Room At The Top (RATT) La Pasta 20% off food purchases over $5

Under $10 per entree 7th Floor SUB, 8900 114 Street Mon - Fri: 11 AM - 12 PM, or later Sat: 3 PM - 12 PM, or later Sun: Closed 6. The Arbour Restaurant and Tea Room


$10-15 per entree 11153 Saskatchewan Drive Tues - Sun: 11AM - 4 PM Mon: Closed

Eurasian Bistro 10% off food purchase

7. Cafe Dabar $10-15 per entree 10816 82 Avenue NW Mon - Sat: 9 AM - 10 PM Sun: 1 PM - 7 PM *Show BSA card and get 10% off!


8. HUB Mall Check out the places marked red on the HUB Mall map on the right for BSA card discounts!





Make Your First Year a Hole In One! September 12 at the Ranch Golf and Country Club

The BSA Charity Golf Event is an excellent and exciting way for students to network with representatives from the local Edmonton business community. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Youth Emergency Shelter. The day will start with 18 holes of golf where students will be teamed up with corporate representatives. Following the round will be a catered dinner, prize giveaways, and a silent auction. Whether you’re talented on the greens or just beginning your golfing career, we encourage everyone to participate in this truly memorable event!

FROSH Retreat

By Nick Willams As much fun as it was in your first year to sit through giant lectures where you didn’t know anyone, the School of Business offers a very different environment. Not only are classes smaller, but the Business Students Association brings students together through activities such as the Frosh Retreat. Traditional education is only a small sliver of the

“full” education you receive in university. You gain knowledge socially, professionally, and practically. The Frosh Retreat gives you the opportunity to meet and bond with fellow first-year students while participating in the most intense and ridiculous competitions and team building activities you can imagine. Frosh is only one of many cultural events that have turned the School of Business into one of the most tightly-knit faculties on campus, and this is an opportunity to jump right into that culture. You will be sharing classes with these people for the rest of your undergraduate career, so why not meet them in a fun environment? Frosh will not only give you insight on how to be successful in the School of Business, but will also teach you some of the tricks to making the work easier. You will be given the opportunity to meet the leaders of the business clubs and find out how to get involved.


Organized by the Business Students Association and student volunteers, Frosh gives you the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from experienced students.Frosh Leaders act as mentors and can help guide you through your years in business school. Many students meet their best friends at Frosh; it is a bonding experience that you don’t want to miss. However, spaces are limited so register now! We look forward to seeing you there! More information available on





he First Year Experience

When I started my first year at university, I remember being surprised as I was handed various paraphernalia and free food during the first week of classes. After all, was I not in an institution of higher learning that so many people made out to be a serious and purposeful venture? After the first week, classes settled into routine and I expected the same for business…but I was wrong. 1.) Events, events and some more events! The first thing that caught my attention was the number of events that the business faculty held and promoted. From monthly anti-burnout to case competitions, there’s always something going on… don’t worry, the monthly events calendar in the Lazy Faire will keep you covered. “The best event I went to in my first year of business was definitely RMBS! The Rocky Mountain Business Seminar is a five day business conference held over reading week at the beautiful Jasper Park Lodge. At the conference, not only were there opportunities to hear from a diverse selection of corporate executives from across Canada, but also to network with some of North America’s best and brightest students! The days were filled with a great selection of speakers and workshops, while the evenings were spent partying with various theme nights such as nautical and school spirit night. Of course, the RMBS classic “graffiti night” did not disappoint! It’s impossible to talk about RMBS without mentioning the absolutely scrumptious food served!! Be prepared to gain a little weight to say the least! The friendships I developed at RMBS definitely will last a life time, and although that was the least amount of sleep I’ve ever had during reading week, it was absolutely worth it!” -Raman Khinda 3rd Year, Finance 2.) The word “networking.” Never in your career will you hear this word more than you will while pursuing your business degree. Although it seems to be repeated almost too often, its value can’t be understated. Talk to people! There is so much to learn and your classmates may prove to be lifesavers. Events like the Energize Conference and Frosh Retreat are great ways of meeting

By Farzana Allidina

students in the same boat as you. “When I first started my first year of business, I was always told by other older students to get involved, attend events, go on an exchange, or just plain do something outside the classroom. Well, I went to RMBS, which was arguably the best conference ever. I joined AIESEC, and now I am even completing a summer exchange in France! Through the exchange, I have had life changing experiences and met the most incredible people. The older students were definitely right: getting involved makes first year unforgettable!” -Abisola Ojikutu 3rd Year, Accounting 3.) Don’t be afraid to try new things. If you’re worried that getting involved will take away time and focus from your classes, start small. Try one-time events such as the Alberta Internal Case Competition (AICC) that may make you pull an all-nighter on a Friday night, or join us for Social Nights. Yes, GPA’s are important, but that accounting class will come to an end whilst the experience you get from getting involved will last…and even look good on your resume. “A time I’ll never forget in first year was…the killer month of November.” -Maria Araniego 4th Year, Accounting 4.) Make it what you want. What I love about business is that it provides the flexibility to build your own degree. Most B.Com programs require students to choose electives both in and outside of business. Here’s your chance to finally try Organic Chemistry! I’m kidding of course. Take classes that will interest you. For me, it was design, but there are tons of possibilities. Your degree will be what you choose to make it, but I encourage you to look at what the School of Business has to offer—apart from academics. Take your education seriously, but as the annual mini festival in quad reveals, it doesn’t have to be dull.


You made it in. o break the rules, take some risks, and have fun.


Club’s Cornervolved

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Welcome to the Clubs Corner! This is your official blueprint and guide for your upcoming year within the School of Business. Discover new clubs and groups that will allow you explore, interact with your peers and expand your networking circle. Take this year as an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and test your social skills. Use this guide to lead you towards the right direction in finding the right “fit” or to discovering more about your self. Lastly, welcome to the School of Business and Have Fun! Did you know... That YOU (UofA Business Student) can attend a conference for free? Every business student has access to conference funding that will pay off completley (or, at least a good portion!) of conference expenses (plane ticket, delegate fee, etc.) Keep an eye out for natioanl conferences such as: Queen’s Women in Leadership, McGill business Conference on Sustainability and John Molson Sports Marketing. Take advantage of it, because what’s better than a paid trip to another part of Canada, US, or beyond, to learn and have fun? Contact: Anna Leyva at for more information.


Business and Beyond Toastmasters is a student club in the School of Business and is affiliated with Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization. Our club is dedicated to helping students like you achieve personal growth in your communication and leadership skills. During each weekly meeting, we practice various techniques useful in public speaking, including giving speeches, and providing each other with feedback and evaluation. This proven and enjoyable means of learning interaction allows our members to increase their confidence and experience through their involvement. Many people pay high fees for seminars to gain the skill and confidence necessary to face an audience. The Toastmasters Program is an effective, cost-efficient option that is held in high regard in business circles. Join us at the meeting every Monday at 6:30 pm in the Business Building! Meeting Time: Monday at 6:30pm Email: Website:

On the Cover Join our proud tradition as one of the most successful clubs on campus. Our goal is to help students transform their education into a meaningful career. Contact us to discover the opportunities available through our club. Get Connected - Meet potential employers and your peers at networking mixers and national conferences. Start with our 6th Annual Golf Tournament and 39th Annual CA Dinner.

Contact Us Website: Email: Phone: 780 - 492 - 2993

RMBS 2011: What is your edge? Rocky Mountain Business Seminar is the longest running, most prestigious student-run business conference in Canada, located at the beautiful Jasper Park Lodge. RMBS is an opportunity for business students at the U of A to network with Canadian business leaders and students from universities across Canada. RMBS takes place over reading week, February 21 to 25, 2011. It is an Incredible experience! Registration ($475 fee and $25 refundable damage deposit) includes: - Round trip transportation between Edmonton and Jasper - All sessions, meals and evening entertainment - Four nights accomodation at a Fairmont 5 star hotel.

Energy . Determination . Glory . Excellence Do you have what it takes to compete on the EDGE? EDGE Business Compeition is a live business simulation for students who strive to challenge themselves, test their skills and expand their learning beyond the classroom The event is an interactive, multidisciplinary, high-energy case competition; a twist on the static case competition, where students experience the added element of real time and active competitors that simulate a real business environment

Get Informed - Stay current with our weekly mail-outs. Get important notices about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and job postings. If we don’t coordinate it, we will inform you about it. Get Experienced - Volunteer at our 16th Annual Tax Clinic, join a volunteer board, or enter a national competition. Many organizations look to our members for participation and support.

What is our edge? Experience - participate in interactive keynotes and dine with Canadian business leaders. Last year’s keynotes included Patrick Laforge president and CEO of the Edmonton Oilers. Educaton - Partake in an exciting mini case competition with your fellow delegates and learn from your choice of diverse seminar speakers Entertainment - Strap on your skates for hockey on the picturesque lake, and then later, nightly events at the JPL’s hospitality suite are the perfect way to end the day! Contact your PR team, Meaghan Dinneen and Brett MIller, at or visit us at for more information. Keep your eye out for info-sessions and for the sign up date.

EDGE is for high-acheiving, high-energy, sociable students who strive to learn in environments beyond the classroom. Delegates will also have an opportunity to network with peers and potential employers from around the country. The various social events planned are as equally important and beneficial to students as the actual competition. It will certainly be a weekend of learning, competition, challenge and recreation! Contact for more information

As a multidisciplinary event, EDGE Business Competition will involve several challenges that will test delegates in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, public relations and operations management. Over the weekend of January 28 - 30, 2011, teams of five from University Business schools across Canada will meet in Edmonton to display their learned skills in these areas, while demonstrating creative and strategic competencies. Teams need to work together, think critically, quickly react to changes, perform under time pressure and make marginal decisions to prove they have the edge over the competition


On the Cover What is JDC West? It is the most intense, most challenging and most rewarding experience of anyone’s commerce degree. JDC West is an opportunity to prove you and your teammates are the best in Western Canada. This competition will push you to your limits and exceed your expectations. With over 600 competitors from 11 universities, JDC West is the largest student-run business case competition in Western Canada. Choose to compete on one of our ten academic case teams, parliamentary debate team, sports team, or social team. It doesn’t matter what your strengths are, we guarantee there is a place for you in JDC West! What’s in it for you? Aside from the jacket, team swag (t-shirts,toques, mitts, scarves, etc), team retreat, a road trip to Saskatoon, job opportunities, and 50 brand new lifelong friends - you’ll also have the best weekend of your life from January 14th-16th. Not to mention, you get a chance to show the rest of Western Canada what you and Team Alberta are made of!

The Business Exchange Association (BEA) A new phenomenon is happening at business schools across the globe – international exchanges. Given little attention before the 2000’s, exchange participation rates increased almost 150% from 1997 - 2007 in the US. In Canada, participation rates are as high as 60% of all students at the business schools at Queens and UBC. Exchange is so important, some European business schools make two international exchanges mandatory. An international experience is invaluable to a student’s educational, professional and personal development. To this end, the Business Exchange Association encourages, facilitates and supports all Business Students to develop their international experience through exchange. The association strives to increase the international outlook of the school and its students.

CEEG CEEG was founded in 2008 with the motto, “put some energy in your BComm”. Despite the prevalent influence of energy and environment related fields, the group recognized that the majority of Alberta students are provided with limited opportunities to expand their understanding and awareness of industry-related information. CEEG’s goal is to assist students in establishing a background in current issues, government policies, economic structures, and technological advancements that characterize the current and future state of energy and environmental industries. This goal will be accomplished by providng members with free invaluable resources such as a speaker series, field trips, networking events, and a world-class case comeptition (Alberta Energy Challenge) that will take place from September 16th to 19th, 2010.


No experience is required; we will teach you everything you need to know. Prove that you are the best in business and apply to the Alberta JDC West Team from September 15th – 24th. For more information, just visit our website: If you have any questions, just contact our Team Captain, Nathan Petersen, at What are you waiting for? The Competition Awaits.

The BEA strives to make an exchange opportunity available to every Business student. The BEA executive is comprised of former exchange students. We have watched all our friends undergo a complete personal change by embarking on an international exchange – development of a deeper sense of personal identity and values and new found self confidence and maturity. You are constantly pushed out of your comfort zone. You have unrivalled opportunities to travel. These two factors make exchange the best opportunity for personal development the Alberta School of Business has to offer. It didn’t hurt that we had the best time of our lives doing it either. Through exchange, the BEA celebrates personal growth, learning about the world and getting the most out of life. For more information visit or come visit our office in the lounge.

This competition will bring together top business students from across North America to tackle a current business problem in the energy sector. Teams of four undergraduate students from each participating institution will be given 26 hours to research and develop a comprehensive and innovative solution to a current situation being faced by an energy firm. Furthermore, teams will have access to various student and professional consultants to help provide the most concise solution possible. Consultants provided will have a range of expertise, from environmental law to petroleum engineering. CEEG boasts an open-door policy for all members. Membership to the club is free of charge and is open to any University of Alberta student. Visit

On the Cover Cooperative Education Students Association (CESA) CESA aims to enhance the Co-op experience by providing services that can build confidence and even stronger networks. Through engagement with CESA, students add value to their education, and enjoy the best university experience possible. We have three main ways to get involved: the Top of the Class Dinner, Luncheons, and our Blog. This year’s Top of Class dinner is on Sept 30 at 6 PM at the Edmonton Coast Plaza Hotel. The annual event, which draws over 120 people, includes a four course meal and is a great way to check out various companies and learn what business etiquette and networking is really about. Tickets go on sale Sept 8 – 24 in the Co-op Office. The CESA blog allows Co-op students to write about their work experience, and any insights that they have gained from Co-op. This is a great opportunity for students to see what kind of work experiences you can expect while in Co-op. CESA is committed to finding student volunteers from all different majors. If you don’t know what majors can offer you, the CESA blog is the perfect place to check out what other students are doing!

CESA also organizes luncheons during the summer and winter semesters, which are open to all business students. These lunches provide the opportunity for students to network with each other and share their work experiences Membership: Free to those in the Co-op Program Website: Email: JOIN US on FACEBOOK to get ongoing info about events and how to get involved

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Microwaves and computers are located in the BSA lounge. The Operations Management (OM) Club The OM Club is dedicated to promoting one of the most interesting but overlooked majors in business: Operations Management. OM is the study of efficiency: how businesses can optimize their processes to make themselves more competitive. Examples of OM applications include distribution, production planning, facility layout, and demand forecasting. As the saying goes, “engineers make things, but we make them better!” The OM Club offers subsidized tutoring to students in MGTSC 312 and MGTSC 352 (the first true OM course). We also do site tours to workplaces where students can see OM in action - last year, we even visited the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission warehouse in St. Albert to observe their distribution process.

We work to connect students and employers through job postings and our yearly OM Industry Mixer, where students can meet OM professionals in a variety of fields and learn about applicable career opportunities. We hope to start an OM mentorship program this year as well. This spring, we will be organizing and hosting the Student Conference for Operations (SCOPE). Much more than a case competition, the student projects presented at SCOPE are the culmination of months of paid work spent solving real business problems for various companies. We hope to hear from you this year, whether you’re curious about the major, want to get involved with the OM Club (Executive position or volunteer), or simply need some tutorial help for an intro MGTSC course. Email us at or Visit us at2-04 2nd floor Business.

Contact Information Club de commerce bilingue 2-13D, Pavillion mcMahon Campus Saint-Jean, UofA

8406, rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91e rue) Edmonton, AB T6C 4G9 Canada E-mail/ Courriel électronique :

Club De Commerce Bilingue Le Club de commerce bilingue est un appui académique et social pour les étudiants dans le programme du Baccalauréatbilingue en administration des affaires, ainsi que pour ceux qui espèrent y entrer. Le Club de commerce bilingue a pour but de créer une plus grande présence pour ses étudiants au Campus Saint-Jean et à la Alberta School of Business, ainsi de créer une lien entre ces derniers. Finalement, le CCB a pour but principal de promouvoir les deux langues officielles du Canada, le français et l’anglais, dans le cadre de tous ses évènements, ses rencontres et ses envergures. The Club de Commerce Bilingue is an academic and social support to students in the Bilingual Bachelor of Commerce program, and for those who wish to enter it. The CCB strives to increase the Bilingual BCom’s presence at both Campus Saint-Jean and the Alberta School of Business and is a resource centre for bilingual students. One of the club’s main focuses is to promote Canada’s two official languages, French and English, in all its events, meetings and endeavors.




he “A” List: MeettheBSAExecutive Lacey Suen, President As President of the Business Students’ Association, my job is to oversee the activities of the entire BSA Council as well as represent undergraduate Business students to external bodies. After forming strategic goals with my Executive team, making sure I provide them with support and direction as they build their portfolios and execute their responsibilities is key. This means keeping track of all six VPs and around 30 Directors. At the same time, I deal with the Faculty, the Students’ Union, the various Business Student Clubs, and Commerce Student Societies across Canada. But besides representing you to those bodies, how do I work for you? As a new student to the Alberta School of Business, you are presented with endless opportunities to learn and participate in extracurricular activities outside of the classroom. In my three years here, I’ve been involved in numerous clubs and teams, representing the School at conferences, case competitions, and on exchange. So hopefully, I have a fairly good feel of what Business students are looking for coming into the BCom program. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I know everything. So whether it is getting involved, launching a great idea, or just providing feedback, the most important duty I have is to listen to you. So don’t think twice about coming to me, or anyone on the BSA, and letting us know what you think! Jordan Iverson, VP Internal This year the Internal Portfolio is a wonderfully diverse group. We have majors in everything from Accounting to Business Economics and Law. Although we all have our specialization, we all still have one thing in common: we all want to make this the best year possible for everyone. What is the internal portfolio? The internal portfolio falls somewhere between the events and academic portfolios in the realm of the Business Students’ Association. Think of Academic as synonymous with a horse and events as synonymous with a tiger. If you combine them you miraculously get a zebra and that’s Internal. I guess you could say that we are the grease that keeps all the gears and wheels turning within the Alberta School of Business. This year the Internal Team will be putting on a smattering of great events including, sh Week, Frost Retreat, Clubs Fairs, BSA Apprentice, and, of course, the all important ness Week. Also, this year’s roster of events includes the new and exciting Social Nights. cial Nights will be held once a month where all students can come together and have a great


With that being said, feel free to stop by the office and chit chat anytime. We all love to talk and like the company. See you soon!!!! Alex Bergquist, VP Marketing The Marketing portfolio is your gateway of communication between BSA – events, involvement opportunities and news – and the student body. We oversee all the channels of communications between the BSA and the students. This summer, our team has been busy designing and creating your agenda book for the 2010-2011 school year. We were also busy setting up all aspects of social media communication, including the BSA blog, the BSA website, our Facebook group and our Twitter account, streamlining all of these channels so that you can easily get your BSA all in the same place. Although it’s going to be a busy year, my wonderful team eight directors and myself will work diligently to make sure the communication lines between the BSA and the students are clear and accessible. And always feel free to stop by the BSA office and let us know if there’s anything the BSA can do for you!



Harry Chandler, VP Events Congratulations to all of the new business students and welcome to one of the best business schools in Canada! My goal is to provide you with a lifetime worth of memories, and the best school year you will ever have. The events team is made up of elite business students who will be organizing: Orientation, Dodgeball, Winter Gala, Grad, Street hockey, and the epic BSA beer gardens. We have a full deck of surprises up our sleeve this year, and we look forward to seeing you come out! For upcoming events check out the BSA board, the Lazy Faire magazine, or even our website: I’m looking forward to an eventful year with new and old friends alike.

See you around!

Andrew Purschke, VP Finance Hello fellow SoB Students! On the surface, it appears that my portfolio doesn’t really do all that much in terms of hosting events, or organizing projects or even raising sponsorship. However, the Finance portfolio essentially forms the bond that links all of the BSA’s portfolios together so that we can function as a whole and not go bankrupt! Finance Portfolio leads the Student Activity Fund, of which the Conference Fund is a part of. This means that if you or your friends want to go to a conference, or if you want to learn more about various conferences, ask me or portfolio about it. If you would like to go on a conference, please feel free to drop me or anybody else on the BSA an email or just stop by the office and chat for a bit. Have a great year!

Brendan Hance, VP External My role on the BSA is to represent the undergrad student body at the School of Business in all external matters. This means that on a day-to-day basis, my portfolio works with our corporate sponsors to raise money for our many events. We also work to bring industry professionals to events to allow students the opportunity to network. The external portfolio is also responsible for organizing the Annual BSA Charity Golf Tournament, the monthly Anti-Burnout events which happen the first Wednesday of every month, and Backstage Pass. If you have any questions about what my portfolio is all about, have any suggestions on things we can improve on, or just want to stop and chat I am always available. Come find me in the office or hanging out around school. Have a great school year!

Ahmed Kamar, VP Academic I am your Vice President Academic for the upcoming school year, and as such I am in charge of the following events/initiatives: BSA Book sale (Fall/Winter), Energize Career Conference, Alberta Internal Case Competition (AICC), Intercollegiate Business Competition (ICBC), Case Lunch & Learn, and the BSA Awards However, my most important responsibilities are being your voice and building long lasting and meaningful relationships with our faculty. So, if you have any questions or concerns regarding professors, classes, and any other matters academic or non-academic related, please feel free to come discuss any hardships you may be facing, or come in and just “shoot the breeze”. I look forward to seeing everyone back for what I am sure will be an eventful and exciting school year!



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Now What Should I Take...

By Breanne Pisani

As the new semester begins and classes start up again for the fall, do you find yourself struggling to create the perfect schedule? While there are certainly core classes that have been nicely laid out for you in your fabulous flow chart, after that it seems like the options are endless. Where to begin? Should you pick classes that are just easy, requiring little time and will hopefully be a GPA booster? Or

maybe you should look into taking an elective that will actually be useful in the “real world”. If you feel like you are stuck in this situation, we’ve got your back. The Lazy-Faire team has compiled a list of electives that may help you move a little bit closer to that 4.0, or at the very least help you to succeed outside of the classroom.

Within Business Electives

BUEC 444

BUS 301

SMO 417

This class consists of a 10-day trip to China. Really, how can you go wrong? In this class, you will tour Shanghai and Beijing, meet corporate execs, and see how business is conducted in the Chinese culture. It involves a research project and adequate “participation”. Three credits are gained though this 10-day trip to China. Look out for information sessions throughout the fall semester.

Formerly known as BUS 488, this class helps you with your business writing skills. Create an amazing cover letter and resume and learn how to market yourself appropriately in the business world. While some students shy away from the BUS classes after taking BUS 201, this one may prove to be extremely useful.

This class takes a look at the international perspectives of HR and its structure largely depends on the professor you get. Take it with Gordon Hollis and instead of midterms and a final, there will be a series of papers and a group project that are relatively easy and very interesting at the same time.

Outside of Business

DRAMA 247 If you find yourself dreading class presentations, or if you just want to brush up on your public speaking skills, this is the class for you. As an introduction to oral communication, this class will help your both your confidence and your grades when it comes to presentations.

SOC 225

Other classes that were recommended include: MATH 153, MLCS 201, CLASS 102 Let us know what you think! Have you had any experience with these classes? Do you have any classes to recommend to others? Visit us on facebook at “Lazy-Faire Magazine” and join our discussion.

This elective will allow you to gain a bigger picture of the issues that plague our society. Besides, who wouldn’t want to learn about some of the most notorious criminals in history? The course itself is relatively easy because the topics are interesting, making studying somewhat “enjoyable” for most people.


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Where’s Where

By Breanne Fisher If you happen to be new to the Business building, or are unfamiliar with where anything is, allow the LF to help show you around. Whether you are looking for a place to eat, to study, to work on group projects or even just to chat, we’ve got you covered.

The Student Advisor Office: Where is it? You can find this on the 2nd floor next to the BSA office. Turn right off the elevators and it will be on your right hand side. When should I go here? The student advisors can answer all your questions you have concerning your classes and schedule while assisting you with any other issues you may have throughout the year. Before you come in to see an advisor an appointment should be made. This can be done in person or through an e-mail.

The Business Atrium: Where is it? This is the atrium that connects the Business and Tory building. When should I go here? There is always something going on here. The BSA Book Sale takes place here, as well as bake sales, career fairs, and other fundraising activities. It’s a good place to go if you have a couple minutes to spare before class, whether you need to find a place to sit or grab yourself a coffee.

The Computer Lab – B24, B28: Where is it? This lab is located in the basement of the business building, down the stairs and down the hallway to the left. It can be separated into two rooms, or remain as one large room. When should I go here? At times these labs are used for classes, however if there is no lecture going on they available for use to finished up various homework assignments and projects. A limited amount of computers are also available in the library.


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Never get lost again! All you’ll need for your first year. The Winspear Library : Where is it? Tucked away in the main floor of business by the elevators and lockers. When should I go here? Why not? The library is a great resource for all your assignments and projects. Also, the librarians are all willing to go the extra mile to make sure every question you have is answered to the fullest detail. If you have a lap top, plug-ins for your computer are readily available in almost every cubicle. It’s a perfect place to study or simply get away from reality.

The BSA Lounge: Where is it? Smack dab in the middle of the second floor of business. You can’t miss it. When should I go here? Even though it gets crowded sometimes, the lounge is perfect for all your group project’s needs. It has wide spaces, large tables, a microwave, and comfy leather couches. You could nest there for hours… or days… The lounge is also the central location for all Business Clubs. Stop by if you would like to check one out.

The BSA Office: Where is it? Directly across from the staircase on the second floor, and next to the elevators When should I go here? Have a question? Need someone to talk to? The BSA is here for you. You’ll always find at least one executive member chilling out here. Stop by if you need any help or if you want to grab a pop… there is usually something extra in the fridge.



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Want to kick start your year with some fun and energy? Try out the Energize Conference! Energize brings together the best speakers and hosts, takes place at the best location, provides the most delicious food, and promises to never disappoint! Most conferences cost upwards of hundreds of dollars, but this event is affordable to all at only $30 per ticket! Energize is a great way to initiate your networking with experienced professionals within the business community, your peers, and possible future colleagues in the business world. The conference features exciting keynote speakers from across the Edmonton area and the greater region of Canada! Giving you, U of A commerce students, potential answers to the age -old questions: “Where do I fit within the Commerce program?”, and “Which major and minor should I choose?” Energize will have a variety of speakers, speaking specifically on each major offered at your university. It is your first opportunity to get in depth answers to all of your questions as a first year, answers that will make your Commerce program at the U of A the best experience possible. Energize helps students like you see past the whiteboards and projectors, even giving you knowledge about possible future business careers outside of school. The conference strives to provide information on present and future economic conditions, and the correlated potential positions available. It breaks down the barriers between education and the business world, allowing you to realize there are many paths to a career in business, and many ways to get there. The speakers will share their stories and paths they took, and the knowledge you gain will help you understand the steps needed for your future education, and beyond. Come and join us, as the BSA hosts the 2010 Energize Conference, and put some energy and fun into your degree!

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Coffee Break Horoscopes Libra September 23 - October 23 Take a break and take in what is around you or else you will miss the little things in life.

Taurus April 20 - May 20 An exciting opportunity will soon come your way. Take it and run, it could ultimately be life changing

Scorpio October 23 - November 22 A fresh new challenge is about to come; embrace it with all your might!

Gemini May 21 - June 20 Work will be a long and hard today. Unless of course you don’t have a job then your day should be easy! Cancer June 21 - July 22 Life is your oyster. But, please be wary of eating too much seafood. Leo July 22 - August 23 Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself being lightly spanked by a stranger on public transit. You probably did something to deserve it. Virgo August 23 - September 23 You are a sexy beast and you know it. So... flaunt it

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Happy Birthday Leos and Virgos

Aries March 21 - April 19 If you laugh at yourself, you will never run out of things to laugh at

Sagittarius November 22 - December 22 This school year will bring you a lot of success, however be careful about your priorities. You have to find a balance in your life before you will find sucess Capricorn December 22 - January 20 Everywhere you go, laughter and comedy ensue. This would be great, if you were trying to be funny. But don’t fret, in the event of an apocalypse, only Capricorns and cockroaches are likely to survive. Who wil be laughing then?

Aquarius January 20 - February 18 You will be meeting a lot of new acquaintances. Some good, some bad, some just ugly Pisces February 18 - March 20 Don’t underestimate opportunities. It may just be your big break.

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