Caper Times January 2022

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J A N U A R Y

Happy Lunar New Year

2022 2022


Caper Times Team 2021-2022

I am Deepali and this is my third semester of Business Analytics Program at CBU. I am from India. I started as a researcher in collaboration with Lab of Transitional Chemistry and Drug Design, Chicago. With course of time, writing became my passion and profession at the same time. Since November I work as a Caper Times Chief Editor at CBUSU. Apart from writing, I am extremely interested in music and reading mysterious novels and about the outer space.

My name is Nitin Fernandes. I am in my first year of the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Analytics program. Apart from writing, I am also extremely passionate about sports and travel. During the spare time, I enjoy watching Netflix, reading, and gaming on the PlayStation.

My name is Dariia Pasko. I moved to Cape Breton from Ukraine in September 2021. Currently, I am doing the second year of my bachelor of business administration program and majoring in marketing. I am passionate about photography and have been doing that professionally for 2 years. I am also good at learning languages and for now I can speak and write in Ukrainian, Russian, French


HappyLunar New Year Dariia Pasko Lunar New Year is mostly celebrated in Asia, but you can also see red dragons flying across the CBU campus. Since it’s based on the Lunar Calendar, the date is different every year. 2022 is the year of the tiger and the celebration starts from 1st of February and ends on February 11th. But what else do we know about taboos, traditions and gifts? Let me guide you! What is Lunar New Year? It’s a celebration of the New Year according to the lunar calendar which has 354 days. Each year represents an astrological sign and repeats in cycles of 12 years. The celebrations last up to 16 days and are called: Little Year (Jan 24th-31st), Spring Festival (Feb 1st-11th) and Lantern Festival (Feb 12th-15th). What people give each other? Presents are usually red and have the sign of the year. Red color symbolizes success, happiness, vitality, beauty and good luck. The most common things to give are tea, fruit baskets, alcohol and clothes. What people don’t do The New Year celebration is the period of joy and happiness and there are several rules people follow without saying. 1)Do not say negative words like death, sick, ghost, etc. 2)Do not break ceramics or glass as it breaks your connection with prosperity in the future 3)Do not clean during the Spring festival as it may sweep away good luck 4)Do not use sharp objects to keep the stream of wealth 5)Do not visit wife’s family as it’s taken like marriage problems

6)Do not demand debt repayment as it brings bad luck 7)Avoid fighting or crying to ensure a smooth path in the future 8)Avoid taking medicine not to be sick all year then 9)Do not wake up a person or give New Year’s blessings while they are in bed 10)Do not give clocks or splitting pears as it is as homophone of separation

What people do and why Spring Festival was originally the day when people pray to God for flourishing and rich land. They also eat dumplings for every meal and have special desserts like tangyuan. It means “soup balls.” But it sounds like Tuan Yuan (团 圆), which means reunion and is very popular as people get together with their families. New year’s reunion is called Spring Migration and you better get the tickets in advance as they can be selling with a speed of 1000 in a minute. Other dessert is Nian Gao (年糕) - a type of rice cake that symbolizes success. Fa Gao (发 糕) is a hybrid of sponge cakes and muffins and the fa is the same as in Fa Cai (发财), which means “to get rich.” The simplest decorations are words like fu – happiness and good fortune written on a red piece of paper. People also buy small tree plants like kumquats, mandarin oranges and peaches. Golden colors of the fruits represent wealth and fortune. Chinese also have different activities for each day of celebration but culmination is Lantern Festival. Tradition is to write the wishes on both sides of the lantern and let it fly hoping they come true. Another bright tradition is fireworks. Firecrackers are supposed to scare off monsters and bad luck. So people stay up on Lunar New Year’s Eve and set off firecrackers at midnight. In the morning, firecrackers are used again to welcome the New Year and good luck.


The 1st Online Society Fair Nitin Fernandes Are you new to Cape Breton University (CBU) and want to connect with like-minded students? One of the best ways you can go about doing that is by joining a society. The CBU Students’ Union (CBUSU) has several societies, which cover a wide range of topics, from creative writing to dance. Every term, there is a Society Fair, where you can meet active societies and get to know more about them. If you feel there’s a society that matches your interest(s), then you can join it right away! But this term’s event is unlike anything before. Due to the spread of COVID-19, the event will be held virtually, but that won’t make it any less fun. After all, Gather Town is an interactive platform where you can move around like it’s a real-life fair! To get more information about the fair and what you can expect on Thursday, Caper Times spoke to Breagh Clements, the Society Coordinator at CBUSU. She compared it to the Fall Society Fair and how, despite the circumstances this time around, students can expect similar experiences to previous fairs. “Students can expect a fun virtual platform to replace the in-person society fair this year. Students are able to create a character, name the character, and walk around a virtual room, similar to how the Fall Society Fair went,” Clements said. “Students will be able to walk up to each societies’ table and ask the executive any questions they may have.”

She also spoke about why it’s important for students to join societies, and that if you don’t find something you associate with, there’s always an opportunity to bring forward your idea by establishing a new society. “It’s good for students to join societies so they can connect with like-minded individuals. With over 20 societies this year at CBU, there is something for everyone! If you don’t see a society that piques your interest, you can start your own. Societies have different fun events throughout the year, and they are a great way to escape some stress from school,” she added. If you wanted an extra initiative, there are also prizes to be won at the event! So, make sure that you take some time out and attend the virtual fair at 11:00AM AST on Thursday, 27 January 2022.

4 Sports Events to look forward in 2022 Nitin Fernandes Like most things in the world over the past couple of years, sports has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed by a year, while Wimbledon 2020 was cancelled entirely. On the other hand, a lot of sporting events were held behind closed doors which is


far from ideal as fanfare is of utmost importance. While there is still a lot of uncertainty around as we come to the end of January, there are many scheduled sporting events for 2022, which one hopes take place as planned. If you a sports fan, here’s a list of four major sport events that you can look forward to this year. NOTE: Events that occur yearly such as tennis and golf Grand Slams, National Hockey League (NHL), UEFA Champions League etc. have been ignored here.

1) FIFA World Cup (Men’s) The men’s FIFA World Cup is perhaps the most-followed sporting event in the world. For just the second time, the tournament will be held in Asia, with Qatar being the hosts. Meanwhile, this will also be the first time that the competition is being held during winter in the Northern Hemisphere. There’s a good chance that we could see Canada at a men’s World Cup for the first time since 1986. With each team having played ten matches so far in the third round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers, they find themselves top of the table, with a five-point lead over fourth-placed Panama. That gap is important as the top three teams qualify directly for the main tournament.

2) Winter Olympics After the Summer Olympics in Tokyo (Japan) last year, the Winter Olympic Games are scheduled to be held in Beijing (China) between February 4-20. Last month, it was announced that players part of the NHL will not take part in the ice hockey event due to postponed matches in the league. In the 2018 Games, Canada won a total of 29 medals – 11 gold, eight silver and 10 bronze. The aforementioned event will be followed

by the Winter Paralympics which is scheduled between March 4-13. Canada won 24 medals at the 2018 version of the event – eight gold, four silver, 16 bronze.

3) Commonwealth Games The Commonwealth Games are a quadrennial multi-sport event that, as the name suggests, has participants from countries which are a part of the Commonwealth. In 2022, the Games are scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham (United Kingdom). In the previous edition, Canada finished fourth on the medals table, having won 15 golds, 40 silvers and 27 bronzes.


4) World Athletics Championships The World Athletics Championships were originally scheduled to be held in 2021 but were pushed forward a year due to a clash with the Tokyo Olympics. This edition of the competition is scheduled to be held between July 15-24 in Eugene, the first time it will be held in the United States of America. There will be 24 events each for women and men (17 track and seven field each), with a 4x400m mixed relay also part of the Championships.

Feeling blue for a short time, during these cold weather days is common and can be treated by adopting a healthy routine such as a good sleep schedule, a balanced diet, taking Vitamin-D supplements and staying connected with friends as a healthy social support system is always a necessity. But if these blues last for several days, it can be SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Though, SAD goes off by itself and lasts only for the winter months (almost 5 months), but it’s better to see a doctor, than to keep yourself impaired and suffering for those months.

Bus Pass Dariia Pasko

Deepali Do you ever feel blue around the winter holidays or get into a slump after the fun and festivities end? Winter Blues is not something medically diagnosed instead it’s some short–lived dumps in moods experienced by most people in winter days. Unlike, Seasonal Affective Disorder which is a well-defined clinical diagnosis and follows a regular pattern as it appears every year when the seasons change. During winters, the days get shorter as the sun sets early, due to which most of us are not able to get an efficient amount of sunlight leading to the deterioration in our Vitamin-D stores. Reduced sunlight amount triggers the body’s internal biological clock (known as circadian rhythm), as normally the brain sends signals during the day to keep the body in action, while at night a tiny gland in the brain produces a chemical named as melatonin, which helps us sleep. The shortening of daylight hours alters this natural rhythm and may cause SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in most people.

Hey Capers! As you know this semester CBU offers several classes in the cinema downtown. For those purposes, you can get a discounted bus pass for $60 for three months. Caper Times interviewed Mandy Nguyen, CBUSU Vice President of Promotions to get more information about the deal. She told us that you will need CBU student ID along with your semester schedule to prove that you have classes in Cineplex. To get the bus pass please visit Students’ Union front desk on campus. You can also buy it downtown (city hall, Esplanade) but with no special rate. The question many of you ask – why there is no discount for other students? CBU assumes that students mostly live in the residence and classes downtown will require periodical travelling with extra expense. There is another special offer in September when you can get a bus pass for $150 for three months. Normal monthly rate is $60 a month, so the full price would be $180.


Campus Tour Dariia Pasko Hey Capers! It is a pleasure to see you all back on campus for the winter term and as many of you have just arrived here, I would like to offer you a quick tour of Cape Breton University (CBU). By the way, if you are lost or cannot find something on campus – feel free to ask anybody. People here are really friendly and helpful, experienced it myself last semester.

As you go through the alley you can see the art gallery which is a very atmospheric place and sometimes a venue for art events. Just beside the art gallery there is an International Student’s Welcome Center. If you turn left from there – you will get into the most vibrant places on campus: the cafeteria and the library. As you go through the corridor you will see the CBU bookstore on the right and the elevator to the Students’ Union in front of the entrance to the shop. In the store, you can buy essentials for studies: books, stationery, clothes. The Union is a place where basically, students work for students. For instance, on the front desk, you can get a bus pass and ask any questions about upcoming events. The Union also has a Women Centre, Caper Times office, Radio and Podcast Station for you to contribute and participate. You can learn more on Students’ Union website or stop by.

Alright, let’s start from the main entrance. It is right behind the sign “Cape Breton University”. As you go in, you can see flags from all over the world. It symbolises diversity and value of different cultures. I used this place to meet with friends and we used to call it “The Flags”. Just to give you some background, I am from Ukraine, which is on the other side of the world, and I was glad and proud to find my flag there as well.

Anyway, let’s get back to the tour. When the corridor from the flag alley to the cafeteria becomes wider and transforms into a square – you are in the heart of the university. It is the most vivid place where people chat, meet and chill. Some of them even study there, but I find it to be pretty noisy. There are several places where you can get some food like in Caper Convenience, Cafeteria and Timmy’s (Tim Hortons). However, if you want to get down to business and do not want anyone to distract you – keep walking and you will find the entrance to the library on your right.


It has two floors and offers services such as printing and copying, research assistance, study rooms (booking is required), computers and lots of places to study. You can find a free spot on the first floor or go upstairs and sit in one of the half-closed boxes. Library working hours change sometimes but usually it is open from 8 am to 10 pm from Monday to Thursday, while their schedule for weekend varies. You can always find updates on CBU library website and on their Instagram page. The thing I like the most about the CBU campus is that you can get to any of its places and not go outside. If you go to Tim Hortons and take the right path – it will lead you through the science classrooms to the Marvin Harvey building (there are math and writing centers for tutoring, Jennifer Keeping Center, to help if you struggle with studies, International Students Office for advising, financial and student services where you can ask questions and get up to date information) and further to the Shannon School of Business. If you live outside CBU and come here only for studies – buses operate every hour from Monday to Saturday, but if you are a residence citizen – I have good news for you. It’s just a two-minute walk to get on campus or to the gym. Harris Hall is considered to be the main residence building, because there you can take the keys, get and top up your laundry card, withdraw money and ask questions to Doug Connors and Christine Harrietha. If you order something online, you will get the parcel in Christine’s office. All other mail will come to the assigned mailbox. CBU has all services needed for students to feel comfortable and succeed in their studies. The only thing you have to do to get help is ask.

Want to know more about CBU Library? Deepali Caper Times interviews Carla White, Acquisitions and Finance Technician at CBU library to learn more about the library and its services and how they’re able to ensure a balance between the quality of services for students without compromising safety. The CBU is open for students, staff and faculty to utilize 7 days a week. White encourages all new students to get a bar code on their student ID, which is marked as their enrolment with the CBU library and can be used by them to access all library services. Library resources that can be accessed after students obtain a barcode include booking a study room, borrowing books, laptops, headphones and access to databases from both on campus and off campus. The small videos on the website are a further guide for students on how to access the resources. White introduced us to several initiatives taken up by the CBU library to ensure students’ convenience during the pandemic, one of them is Contactless Curbside Pickup which will continue during the term. Students can directly choose a book from the library website that will be packaged and ready for pick-up at the Curbside Pick-up location. Students need to show their Student ID/barcode when picking up their item. While there are some students who may be hesitant to come into the library this can be workable alternate.


We are

hiring! Vice President Finance and Operations CBU Students’ Union

Applications are invited from individuals interested in offering for the hired position of Vice President Finance and Operations for 2022/2023 (May 1/22 to Apr. 30/23). Resumes may be submitted by email to the Executive Director in the Students’ Union Building.

Description: - The VP Finance and Operations shall work under the direction of the President. - The VP Finance and Operations shall be responsible to the Executive Committee and the SRC for the supervision of all funds of the Students’ Union and they shall supervise the collection of all revenues into the accounts of the Students’ Union. - The VP Finance and Operations shall be responsible to supervise the expenditures of all funds of the Students’ Union. - The VP Finance and Operations shall have access to and supervision over, all accounts and accounting software of the Students’ Union, and they shall be responsible at all times for the good order of the Students’ Union accounts. - The VP Finance and Operations shall ensure that all expenditures that receive their authorization are consistent with the established financial authority/policies, and within the budget approved by the SRC. - The VP Finance and Operations shall forward monthly updated financial statements to the SRC. - The VP Finance and Operations shall chair the Budget Committee of the Students’ Union. - The VP Finance and Operations shall be responsible for the proper supervision of and have full access to the Ancillary Operations of the Students’ Union. In the event where the Director of Finance & Operations is unable to carry out their duties, the VP - Finance and Operations shall have primary responsibilities for the Ancillary Operations of the Students’ Union. When accessing inventory, safes, or security cameras of the operations, the VP – Finance and Operations must be accompanied by another Executive Committee member. - The VP Finance and Operations shall ensure that all societies receiving funding from the Students’ Union are registered with the Students’ Union and that the allocation of society funding is monitored and distributed according to the budget. - The VP Finance and Operations shall hold a seat on the hiring committees for the Ancillary


Operations of the Students’ Union. - The VP Finance and Operations shall ensure that all policy directives outlined in the administrative manual, pertaining to financial control and management, are strictly enforced. - The VP Finance and Operations shall hold a seat on the CBU Board of Governors and be the student representative on the Budget Committee and the Board of Governors Investments Committee. - The VP Finance and Operations shall sit as a member of the Caper Times Publishing Board and in meetings shall act as Chairperson. - The VP Finance and Operations shall oversee all legal matters. These matters will be reported to the Executive Committee. - The VP Finance and Operations shall perform other such duties as directed by the President, the Executive Committee, and the SRC.

Applicants for the Vice President Finance and Operations shall be enrolled in the School of Business for the previous two years in an accounting program.

Please quote competition number VPFO-0225-01 on all correspondence. Closing date for applications is Friday, February 25, 2022, no later than 4 p.m. Complete copies of the Students’ Union bylaws can be accessed on our website by visiting www.cbusu.ca Cover letter, resume, and references can be sent to: Email: dawn_macdougall@cbu.ca


Vice President Promotions CBU Students’ Union

Applications are invited from individuals interested in offering for the hired position of Vice President Promotions for 2022/2023 (May 1/22 to Apr. 30/23). Resumes may be emailed to the Executive Director at the Students’ Union Building, Monday through Friday.

Description: - The VPP shall maintain a close liaison with Student Affairs, Registrar’s Office, and Residence Management to ensure a diverse and informative Week of Welcome. - The VPP shall hold a seat on CBU Senate and the Board of Governors. - The VPP shall be responsible for the production of the content of the Student Handbook and oversee its production by an outsourced company. - The VPP shall hold a seat on the Caper Radio Inc. Board of Directors and the Caper Times Publishing Board. - The VPP will hold a seat on the SU Week of Welcome Committee (Chair) and work with the Executive Committee and the Frosh Leaders to assist with the organization of volunteers and delegation of tasks for the week. - The VPP shall be responsible for overseeing all internal publicity of the Students’ Union including the promotion of all student events through the various modes of communication, with special emphasis placed on social media. This includes, but is not limited to the CBU Students’ Union website, Facebook Page, Twitter, and television display screens. - The VPP will be responsible for overseeing the digital design of all promotional material for Week of Welcome, Winterfest, and other events as directed by the Executive Committee of the Students’ Union. They will also be responsible for ordering promotional material. - The VPP will work to ensure all advertising is current and is distributed throughout the CBU campus, placed on bulletin boards, and delivered to all residences. - The VPP will work closely with the Director of Finance & Operations to ensure that all ancillary operations are promoted accordingly. - The VPP will sit on various committees as directed. - The VPP shall be responsible for any additional Union publications or media services and shall perform other such duties as directed by the President or the Executive Committee. - The VPP shall assume responsibility for enhancing student participation in all Students ’ Union sponsored daytime and evening events and activities, as well as helping to build a sense of school spirit and pride. - The VPP shall oversee and organize the Orange Army. The VPP shall be responsible for organizing all Athletics bus trips that are the responsibility of the Students’ Union. - The VPP shall be responsible for organizing daytime events that will engage on- and offcampus students, such as pool tournaments, sports pool tournaments, gaming tournaments, etc. - The VPP shall submit a monthly report to the Students’ Representative Council. - The VPP shall perform other such duties as directed by the President, the Executive Committee, and the SRC


Please quote competition number VPP-0225-02 on all correspondence. Closing date for applications is Friday, February 25, 2022, no later than 4 p.m. Complete copies of the Students’ Union bylaws are available online by visiting www.cbusu.ca. Cover letter, resume, and references can be sent to: Email: dawn_macdougall@cbu.ca

Pride & Ally Centre Coordinator CBU Students’ Union

The CBU Students’ Union is currently seeking a student to fill the vacant position of Pride & Ally Centre Coordinator for the remainder of the term ending on April 1, 2022. This position is designed to plan and create initiatives for the education and equality of the CBU and community-at-large.

Specific Responsibilities: Coordinate awareness campaigns and activities surrounding sexuality awareness and education Work with the objective of advancing the equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, + individuals on-campus and the community-at-large Provide VP Promotions with materials to advertise services and events to students Facilitate various workshops and train centre volunteers in the areas of sex workshops, safe space, and ally projects Actively recruit volunteers for the centre, maintaining a database of volunteers Maintain and update the Centre’s resource library and all reference materials Provide safe sex supplies and usage information to students Provide a safe and confidential area for all students Research areas of sexual education to keep abreast of the current issues Submit a monthly report of activities to the Executive Vice President Academic Other duties assigned by the Executive Committee


Qualifications: Must be a member of the CBU Students’ Union as outlined in By-law 1.01 and registered CBU student Excellent communication and organization skills Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Capable of operating office equipment (fax machine, photocopier, etc.) Ability to work independently in a fast-paced office environment Ability to work within a budget

If you are interested in this position, please send your cover letter and resume quoting PAC-0218 no later than 4:00PM on February 18, 2022. Applications may be sent to the attention of Dawn MacDougall, Executive Director by email at dawn_macdougall@cbu.ca . Please note that only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.


Not boring history Merchant Mariners Memorial Dariia Pasko To be honest, most history articles are boring. No doubt they are important, but usually hard to read and remember the details. Too many dates and names make it accurate, although not coherent nor engaging. Why do I start the article about Merchant Marines Memorial history like this? Simple – knowing the story of the place you are at is crucial, but it also can be an enjoyable piece of reading. A note before telling the story – this article is based on the information written near the memorial and on several online sources. Photos are made by one of the associates. Memorial’s history takes us back to the times of the Second World War. What happened is that Sydney became an assembly port for convoys and even was called a lifeline to Europe.

Ships delivered coal, steel and other vital materials. But why Sydney’s port is the one called the lifeline when other bigger ports such as in Halifax and New York have more capacity and resources? Apparently, Sydney’s contribution is equally significant as other ports along the coast. However, Sydney managed to do that with ship shortage and lack of skilled sailors. Convoys usually consisted of merchant ships, which were never meant to be in the open sea. Storms and rains drowned old “trams”, but weather was not the only constraint. Germans attacked the ships and in total Sydney lost 226 of them. Human victims are even harder to count. Convoys could not stop to save the survivors, so only a few of them made it back home. Because of the demand for manpower in armed forces, people who sailed back and force to


Europe were usually men in their forties and fifties, teenage boys and sometimes even women. Despite all of that, Sydney made a powerful contribution by shipping resources to Europe. Memorial was opened to the public on May 1st 2016 to capture people’s dedication, efforts and will to help. What conclusion can be made from the brief history of Cape Breton coast? From my point of view, this place combines wild masterpieces, vibrant history and openminded people, who are ready to help a complete stranger if needed. Living on the edge of Atlantic Canada means not only hunting lobsters and cooking poutine. It is also about spirit and unique culture which was born long ago and managed to keep its authenticity till nowadays.

Nitin Fernandes While scrolling through your social media timeline, you might have seen a few colored tiles appearing with the word Wordle on top. That must have got you wondering what this is all about and why there are so many people posting about it? Wonder no further as we’re here to explain the game and the hype behind it. In simple terms, Wordle is a game where you must guess a five-letter word. You have six attempts to get the correct word. You can start by guessing a word and if the alphabet exists in the word of the day, then the tile associated with the alphabet turns yellow. If it’s in the correct position as well, then the tile turns green. If the letter doesn’t appear in the word at all, then its tile turns grey. As you get more greens and yellow blocks, the easier it becomes for you to guess the word.

One important thing to keep in mind before playing is that the game accepts only real words. While you might want to check with letters that are common, do ensure that you put together five alphabets that form a word you’d find in a dictionary. You might be wondering how often you can play the game? There is a new word every day, between successive midnights (time zones don’t matter). Hence, you can play it just once a day. That might be a good thing or a drawback, depending on you. Once you enter the correct word, you will get a share button. Clicking on that will copy your results and you can paste it to social media. The format of the results are: Wordle, followed by the day number, followed by the number of attempts you took to get the correct word. For example, if it says ‘Wordle 211 4/6’, that would mean that it’s the 211th day with a new word in the game and that you took four attempts out of six to get the


I wonder why it is my brain’s best friend

happiness, but you can still buy a coffee ;)”. While sources suggest that dopamine is something that makes coffee addictive. “Everything’s good until consumed within a limit”. Well it might be the hundredth time I’m explaining this to myself. Me (explaining to myself): «I’ll limit my coffee from today» Me (after an hour): «I need a coffee»

Deepali It’s amazing, how suddenly the world starts to change when viewed through the eyes of a cup of coffee. Without my morning coffee, I just find myself as a dried piece of goat. Well, I think that it affects my mood in someway. Still excess in everything is bad. Are you also a coffee addict like me? Do you ever say like it’s coffee that keeps you going? In a factual sense, that’s actually true somewhere. Caffeine the basic stimulant present in coffee is responsible to give an energy boost. I’ve even observed that regular coffee drinkers seem to need more and more coffee to maintain the buzz? Why is this so? How exactly it affects our brain? Well, at a chemical level caffeine is structurally similar to adenosine, a chemical that makes us sleepy. So caffeine competes to bind with the adenosine receptors of our brain. People who have coffee in excess are prone to develop more adenosine receptors as a result and need more and more coffee to act normal. Staying off coffee might make them feel extremely exhausted (due to more number of adenosine receptors). Caffeine also builds up rate of adrenaline supplies, which leads to increase in heart rate, blood pumping and open up airways. Most importantly it inhibits dopamine from getting reabsorbed in the system, leaving the feel-good chemical last longer in your body. And might be this is the reason, I’ve heard people saying that, ”You can’t really buy

Building habits and achieving your goals Nitin Fernandes At the start of a year or perhaps on your birthday, you often feel like you should turn a corner in your life. At times, you set goals and look to achieve them over a period of time – usually a year. While some people achieve these personal objectives, some don’t. But are the final results the only thing we


should be looking at while setting these goals? In his best-selling book Atomic Habits, author James Clear writes: “Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.” That’s a very interesting way to not only achieve your goals but also live your life. Setting up a system, in which you build habits is what’s key. For example, you set a target of reading a particular number of books in a month or a year. The best way to go about achieving that is by building a habit of reading. Once you spend a certain amount of time reading every day, it becomes a habit, and you’ll reach your goal comfortably. Something else you can keep in mind while building a habit is to start on a smaller scale. Say, you want to read three books in a month and that requires 30 minutes of reading every day. It’s easier for you to begin by reading for even 5-10 minutes on day one and then work upwards over time. In his aforementioned book, Clear also writes about the “two-second rule”. Essentially, following this rule helps you get started on any habit. The first step to reading is opening a book or by switching on your Kindle. Once you do that, you are likely to read a few paragraphs at least, instead of procrastinating. Of course, while there are good habits, there are some bad ones as well. In the modern world, it’s often considered that spending too much time on your phone or watching a lot of television are examples of the latter. But these might not necessarily be the case for everyone. There are people who benefit favorably by spending time on their phones or television. Therefore, it’s important to identify what habits are beneficial for you and what aren’t. If you can do that, then you will probably head in the right direction towards achieving your goals. Again, it’s essential to remember that much like building a good habit often

dropping a bad one might also take a while. At the beginning of this article, it was mentioned how people tend to try to change their lifestyle at the start of a calendar year or on their birthdays, but that shouldn’t be the case. It’s always great to start today rather than tomorrow or the day after.


7 Facts

about airlines you didn’t know Dariia Pasko I am Ukrainian and moved to Sydney only in September 2021. My whole family is still there, so I fly across Canada and the Atlantic several times a year. The flight home from Sydney to Kiev takes from 13 to 15 hours depending on which way you go. As I spend a lot of time in the air, I decided to learn more about airlines’ operations. Here are seven interesting facts you probably you didn’t know. #1 Dim lights in the plane help your eyes to adapt There are two main reasons for dull light in the aircraft. One is that it saves energy and the other is that it’s easier for the eyes to adapt for external light conditions. Moreover, that means that in case of evacuation, passengers can adjust faster and leave the plane. #2 Captain can detain passengers As soon as the plane takes off, the captain gets additional power. They can detain passengers during the flight, as well as issue a fine. #3 Why planes are usually white

White paint is the lightest and saves fuel. It also reflects sunlight and prevents overheat. Scratches are more visible as well. #4 Why it’s a little cold in the plane Closed warm space increases the risk of hypoxia – lack of oxygen, so the temperature is kept a bit lower. #5 Table is the dirtiest place Yes, it’s eight times dirtier than the washroom. #6 We lose a lot of water During a three-hour flight, a passenger loses approximately 8-10 glasses of water, so it’s important to stay hydrated. #7 Only 7% Only 7% of the world’s population have travelled by air at least once.

Typing or writing?

Dariia Pasko

Type or write by hand? How making notes improves your memory?

Typing is way faster and more convenient way to communicate – no question about that. There is no need in deciphering the handwriting and you can send it right away. However, typing something important, like class notes, will only put information on the paper, but not help to memorise it.


Writing activates certain parts of the brain which recalls short- and long-term memory. “The movement associated with the pen and your hand can help you encode and retain information long-term”, that is why if we write - there are more chances to remember that. Using schemes, different pen colors and little drawings such as circles and arrows stimulates critical thinking and makes the whole process more artful. As you write, it is easier to avoid distractions comparing with when you are typing. However, typing is way faster, it is easier to format and spell check will ensure the grammatical correctness. So, Capers, it’s up to you whether to bring a laptop or a copybook. In my experience, writing in class by hand and doing other assignments on laptop is the most efficient way to study smart.

Which mode of learning do you prefer? Deepali Never did I know that my childhood fantasies of studying in virtual classrooms, would need a pandemic to occur. I expected a drift obviously, but somewhere the pandemic made it faster. However, it somewhere proved to be as a challenge, not a constraint. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the biggest flex was with education going online globally. The changes are necessary as time goes on, but keeping these transitions smooth is more

important. Schools and universities have managed to maintain quality education even without physical presence. Caper Times interacted with several students at CBU to know about their learning experience during the pandemic and their preferences. Caper Times interacted with Kate who is from Aberdeen, Scotland. She had completed an exchange at CBU in the fall semester of 2021. She says, in the past semester the classes she took were all in–person, which was entirely different from the first semester. She says that the classes delivered in person helped her to be more focused and provided her with the opportunity to develop her learning experience. In general, she found that the in-person delivery of classes to be much more beneficial. Apart from that, she mentions that online classes had some pros too. Online sessions saved travelling time and increases comfort, the recording facilities by some professors enables students to watch it multiple times and also in cases when classes are missed due to certain reasons. The drawback is that it somewhere increased our activity on devices. Considering students preferences for modes of learning, Cape Breton University has kept students open to both modes of learning - online and in-person. In order to ensure safety and social distancing, some of the classes take place in Cineplex this semester.


Students’ Submissions Shihe Zhou (Hazel) is an MBA student at CBU who is passionate about painting and graphic designing. Here’s one of her works, as described by her: “This is a threedimensional tunnel book I created to match with the fairy tale Young Girl Tate, which was also created by me. It is a story about the struggle I faced when trying to become a ‘real adult’. Fairy tales were a big part of my childhood and I still love all the joy they bring to me till this day. But I find gender stereotypes embedded in some traditional fairy tales really annoying and that is the reason why I chose to write my own story when trying to design an illustration book. All the pages in this book were drawn by watercolor and then carved out to enable the audience to see the next page. And by adding more subjects on each page, those pages make a tiered tableau together.” If you have something to share or wish to contribute – feel free to send an email to ct_editorinchief@cbu.ca


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