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Student Life 201 2010

eZine April

Student Life 201 eZine Contents April 2010

2 Table of Contents 3 Calendar 4 Waterloo’s Last Lecture 5 Athletics 6 Sleep 101

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8 Single and Sexy Audition


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9 The Best Team Overall Dancers in Motion 10 Video Contest

The Student Life Office eZines are monthly online magazines for people who want information about the university experience. Our focus is on student life news and events. The online magazine is updated monthly with new event promotions, reviews, articles and rich media. Enjoy!


11 Library 13 One Waterloo Highlights from International Celebrations Week 2010 15 Retail Services

April 5 5


alendar 2010

Waterloo’s Last Lecture “It’s Time for Canada” (Page 4) Scopus Lunch and Learn, Pizza Event (Page 11)

ACADEMIC 5 6-8 8 9 - 23 26 26 29 30

Lectures end Pre - Examination Study Days English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) in the PAC On campus exams period Spring term tuition payment deadline: Cheque/money order/ promissory note (fee arrangement) Beginning this date, registered students can view their unofficial term grades in Quest Spring term tuition payment deadline: bank payment or international wire transfer Co-operative Work Term ends

OSAP 7 16 23 23 23

Recommended last submission date for Continuation of Interest Fee Status Forms for this term Recommended last day to pick up loans for this term Official last day of term Last day to submit Continuation of Interest Free Status Form for Winter term. Absolute last day to pick up loans for the Winter term



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Sleep 101 By Susan Rosenblum

Sleep – It seems like something you shouldn’t have to think about, right? Many people are sleep deprived due to stress, too much work, or poor sleep habits. Adults need at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). However, in a recent NSF survey (2005), adults reported sleeping a nightly average of 6.8 hours on weekdays and 7.4 hours on weekends. Many people, especially students, are sleeping far less than they need, and this can have negative effects on mental and physical health. Our bodies are diurnal, meaning the body is supposed to sleep when it is dark and be awake when it is light. The optimal times to go to sleep are between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., which is when the body is designed to rest. Sleeping allows the brain to regenerate and process information (NSF, 2005). According to the NSF (2005), getting enough sleep may be a problem for many young people. This is because many youth feel most alert after 3 p.m., have difficulty going to sleep before 11 p.m., and crave more sleep in the morning hours. This is because melatonin, a sleep-related hormone that changes the circadian rhythms of the sleep-wake cycle, is secreted at a different time for youth, compared with young children and adults. Furthermore, sleep may be the first thing to go when people are under a lot of pressure to complete tasks. For example, as a student, you may feel compelled to get everything finished at the end of term, and may stay up at night to cram for exams and projects. But you may be putting yourself at a disadvantage by not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can affect your concentration, alertness, coordination and memory (“Sleep on It”, 2005). Further, being tired can reduce your ability to think clearly, making it harder to stay organized and focused. While many people drink coffee or cola to stay awake, these stimulants help minimally. Thus, while they will keep you wakeful, your performance may not be up to your usual standards. In fact, lack of sleep can even lower your I.Q. score (“Sleep on It”, 2005). Other outcomes of sleep deficits are that it can suppress the immune system, leaving one more prone to illnesses. Further, it can affect moods, and leave people feeling more irritable, which makes it is easier to get into confrontations. Sleep-deprivation can even affect normal conversation, which could have an impact on giving an oral presentation. Moreover, being tired might make you feel more hungry, causing you to over-eat. This is due partly to an increase in the levels of stress hormones, which increases the desire for high-fat and high-sugar foods. Unfortunately, since the body’s metabolism slows down at night time, so the body burns fewer calories.


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Another concern about being too tired is that more motor vehicle accidents occur when people are less alert. Fatigue has been identified as a main cause in thousands of policereported traffic crashes each year, killing or injuring many people. Regrettably, young drivers 25 years or less are involved in more than one-half of fall-asleep crashes. If you see that you are affected by lack of sleep, some suggestions for getting a better rest are listed below. Tips for good sleep habits from the National Sleep Foundation 1. Sleep is good for the brain. Get enough of it, and get it when you need it. Even mild sleepiness can hurt your performance -- from taking school exams to playing sports or video games. Lack of sleep can make you look tired and feel depressed, irritable, and angry. 2. Be consistent. Establish a regular bedtime and waketime schedule, and try to maintain it during weekends and vacations. If you take a nap, take it early in the afternoon. 3. Learn how much sleep you need to function at your best. You should wake up feeling rested. 4. Expose yourself to the light as soon as possible in the morning, as this helps to signal to the brain when it should wake up. 5. Understand your circadian rhythm. Then, you can try to plan your schedule throughout the day according to your internal clock. For example, compensate for sleepy times by participating in stimulating activities or classes that are interactive. 6. In the afternoon, avoid coffee, colas, alcohol and nicotine. Relax before going to bed. Try to avoid heavy reading, studying, and computer 7. games within one hour of going to bed. Plan time to unwind before going to sleep. 8. Staying up late can disrupt your sleep patterns and your ability to be alert the next day.



The Best Dance Team Overall --- Dancers in Motion Their first time entering the annual Kalaikal interuniversity Dance Competition, performing in front of three judges and 1500 audience members at the CNE; The University of Waterloo won the award for best Power Team (based on team spirit, sportsmanship, cheers, etc.) and Best Dance Team Overall (the main prize of the event) The Dancers in Motion specialized in Fusion Dancing (mixing hip-hop and modern dancing styles with classical Indian dancing styles). This group of students was formed in early September. Students were chosen to represent the University of Waterloo in this competition because of their facial expressions, footwork, and ability to follow choreography. An “all or nothing� mentality was instilled into the minds of each and every member of the team, with other members spending sleepless nights building props, doing work and hiding in various corners of SLC. By learning from the mistakes it made this year, the team believes it will do even better in the future. Congratulations to the Dancers in Motion!






A Poem  About  Porter!  

Master’s student Corrina Lobbezoo wrote this poem as a parody for her friend Ramez, who “seems to spend his days – all of them – at DP.” On the Excellencies of Dana Porter Library Fairest DP, how I love thee! From quiet dusk, all surely see: Thou sparklest like a jewel; Without thee, life is cruel. From 11 pm till early morn Ramez’ studious heart is torn “A full nine hours without thee? What doom hast come upon me!” But with the morning light, There dawns a hope so bright: “This day -- best spent -- shall verily be With my true, most beloved DP!” Originally written at 3 am one morning during exams last term, Corrina first shared her poem with her friend Ramez on Facebook. When it comes to the Dana Porter Library, Corrina explains, “I think DP takes a bit of a beating from non-UW people because of its rather interesting shape, but many of us really love it. From the well-windowed firstfloor coffee shop to the third floor ‘stuffy-but-quiet’ quiet room, from the student-enforced quiet open area in the basement to the upper floors of stacks — here’s to school and library pride!”

Corrina, in the Canadian history section of the Dana Porter Library.

Corrina is currently completing a 1-year Masters in History at Waterloo. She has her Bachelor degree in History and Linguistics from McMaster University and has taught in China, as well as at Columbia International College in Hamilton.


Join Us  for  Scopus™  Day  

Scopus™ Day is back! Join us on April 5 for one of two catered research sessions at the Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries. Scopus™ representatives and the Library’s Scopus™ Student Ambassador, Jennifer Domise, will be hosting two research sessions that focus on how to use Scopus™ in your research and studies: Scopus™  Lunch  and  Learn  –  12:00  –  1:00  pm   Dana  Porter  Library,  4th  Floor,  Room  428   Scopus™  Pizza  Event  –  5:00  –  6:00  pm   Davis  Centre  Library,  Room  1568   What  is  Scopus™?   Scopus™ is a large citation and abstract database, covering all subject areas. It contains nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers with a range of advanced research features.

Each research  session  covers:   • an overview of the coverage available in the disciplines of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Humanities & Social Sciences • an introduction to searching Scopus™ and setting up personalized e-mail alerts, RSS, and HTML feeds to stay up-to-date on new articles matching your search queries • a review of advanced research features, including how to: o search for affiliation/university research output o determine an author’s h-index (a performance measurement tool) and the journal analyzer o use Scopus’ Citation Tracker to find, check, and track citation data year by year and in real-time See our registration page to sign up. Aren’t able to make the research sessions? Stop by the Scopus booth at the Dana Porter library in the morning or the Davis Centre library in the afternoon for information, refreshments, giveaways.


Highlights from International Celebrations Week 2010 Festival of Holidays: Lion Dance, Performers / Volunteers, Henna Art

Cultural Caranvan: Performance from differnt culture


Waterloo International reception: Food, Games, Photo display

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