Panthers Weekend Recap

image courtesy The Guardian PEI

image courtesy The Guardian PEI

By Ally Harris

It was a mixed weekend for the Panthers, with the hockey and basketball teams in action. Here’s how the teams did.

Hockey

The men played host to St. FX on Friday night. After a scoreless first period, Tyler Brown got the Panthers on the board 5 minutes into the second for a 1-0 lead. But things went downhill from there, as the X-Men scored five unanswered goals to take a dominating 5-1 win over the Panthers.

They looked for redemption on Saturday as they hosted Saint Mary’s, and this time, the opposite thing happened. The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but then a pair of goals from Mason Wilgosh in the second period put the Panthers ahead, and Chris Desousa capped it off with a third period goal to give UPEI a 3-1 win.

The women were on the road this weekend and didn’t fare so well. They were in Sackville on Friday night to face the Mounties, who got the game’s opening goal midway through the first. The Panthers tied things up 13 minutes into the second with a goal from Emma Weatherbie, but Mount A were on the board again a few minutes later to take the lead back. They added another in the third to take a 3-1 win.

On Saturday, the women were in Halifax taking on Saint Mary’s. The Huskies got off to a quick start, scoring 90 seconds into the game, and midway through the first scored another to put them up by two. After a scoreless second, the Panthers were able to get on the board with a power play marker in the third period, but couldn’t find a tying goal, falling 2-1. Laura Bradley scored the Panther goal.

Basketball

The men’s basketball team has been on a roll lately, and they continued their winning ways on Friday night against Saint Mary’s. They had etched out a 34-24 lead by the end of the first quarter, and extended it slightly in the second to be up 58-47 at the half way point. They came out firing in the third, scoring 8 points to open the quarter and entered the fourth quarter with an even bigger lead. Although the Huskies tried to claw back in the fourth quarter, the Panthers had built enough of a lead to hold on for a 118-109 win, their sixth straight victory. Brad States led the Panthers with 28 points.

On Saturday, their fire was finally extinguished. Although the first quarter was evenly matched, the UNB Varsity Reds came out and outscored the Panthers by 13 points in the second to build a comfortable lead. The Reds continued to slightly extend their lead in the second half of the game, handing the Panthers a 75-96 loss, their first home loss of the season. Tyler Scott led the team with 32 points.

At the other end of the court, the women had a very successful weekend. They too played Saint Mary’s on Friday, building a 13-7 lead by the end of the first. They extended their lead slightly in the second, but the second and third quarters were fairly evenly matched between the two teams. The Panthers had a big fourth quarter, outscoring the Huskies 19-6, to take the game 60-40. Darcy Zinck led the team with 15 points.

Saturday’s game against UNB was even closer. The two teams were separated by just a point at the end of the second quarter, with the Reds having the advantage. The Panthers came out in the third and outscored the Reds by five points, then extended their lead just a little more in the fourth to win the game by eight points, a score of 57-49.

With all basketball games this weekend being worth four points, the Panthers were able to climb into second place in the standings with the wins. They sit just two points behind the Huskies with 22 points.

Council Recap

image courtesy UPEI SU

image courtesy UPEI SU

By Chris Gibson

Last evening, the UPEI SU council meeting was called to order at 5:59pm.

The meeting began with a presentation by UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, who talked about his academic career as well as the new School of Engineering.

President Abd-El-Aziz then opened the floor up to questions. Bob Dezil, the Chair of Council, asked what the future holds for post-secondary education here on the Island. President Abd-El-Aziz said that the University is too diverse for him to speak as the university’s sole political voice, but he thinks that, realistically, getting funding from the government will be difficult without something like the engineering school to beef up UPEI’s GDP impact. He hopes the new government will be able to grow PEI’s economy so that more resources can be dedicated to education.

After President Abd-El-Aziz’s presentation, the Councillors gave their reports. VP Academic and External Travis Gordon kicked things off by highlighting what he has been up to over the past couple of weeks. He spoke briefly about the success of the Presidential Review and then discussed a meeting he and SU President Lucas MacArthur had with Darlene Compton, the PC leadership candidate. Lucas and Travis will be meeting with Wade MacLauchlan this week as well.

Student Union President Lucas MacArthur met with the President of Trius Transit to go over how the UPASS is working. Schedule changes to night routes and Sundays might be made in order to better accommodate students who need the bus after labs or on Sundays. MacArthur also mentioned an event that the Student Union will be hosting at the end of Mental Health Week called Real Talk, where students can get up and tell their mental health stories.

Up next was VP Student Life Emilie Sullivan, who thanked everybody who came out the Student Union versus Residence dodge ball game. Sullivan also spoke about the Sex Week schedule, which has been finalized and will be online soon. The mysterious, still yet-to-be-announced country music act has been confirmed to play at UPEI, so stay tuned for more information!

VP Communications Alex Heighington spoke next about the new camera the Student Union has procured, which will help them create videos featuring the current Student Union Executives. Advertising for the upcoming Student Union election begins this week.

And last but not least, VP Finance Willem MacKenzie is preparing for a meeting in Toronto as well as working on a Strategy Plan for The Wave. He also dealt with a billing hiccup in the health center regarding international students, which was resolved.

Next came the report from the Senate, who met to discuss implementing a new online-only Bachelor of Child and Family Studies degree.

Elyse Cottrell gave the Accessibility Report next and spoke about creating outreach posters that will feature students who have accessibility issues. They are working on getting a permanent poster in each building in order to raise awareness about accessibility.

VP Academic and External Travis Gordon presented CASA’s Get out the Vote campaign, which was up for approval by council and was passed.

The Senate Representative resigned from council and her letter of resignation was accepted. No by-election will be held since the position can be filled in the general election.

Next up was the by-election to fill the vacant Education Representative position. Nobody came forward to run for this position, so a motion was made to attempt to appoint this position, with a plan to get the representative by the next council meeting. This will be done using the same procedure that is used to appoint the Business Representative. The motion was passed.

Next up was a review of the External Policy Development bylaw. The committee’s name was changed, but a more major change was the scope of the policy. They only want to create policies that pertain to post-secondary education or something that affects a large proportion of the student body, and council will have the final say as to whether something falls under this new scope. This will be voted on at the next council meeting.

The UPEI Commits to Care Initiative was discussed. The Alumni Association is putting this together, and they want the UPEI family to pledge to devote time to volunteering and charitable causes and to record it on little stars that will be put up on the Caring Window.

Next was a discussion about the Outreach Week Overview, which begins today. Most of the events will take place over the lunch hour, and each one is a chance for the student body to meet their councilors. More information can be found on the Facebook page for the event.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:59pm and everybody went to The Wave for nachos.

Teaching Abroad in Linyi, China

image courtesy Lesley

image courtesy Lesley MacLean

By Lesley MacLean

For just over three months now, I’ve been living and teaching in the city of Linyi, a “small” Chinese city, home to a mere 10 million people, in the beautiful province of Shandong. As I write this, we are experiencing our first snowfall of this winter season – mixed with rain; I’m sure I won’t be seeing any Canadian-size drifts for a while.

I’ve been faced with many massive changes, and, while I’m sure to face countless challenges over the next nine months, I’m having the time of my life and my experiences have been nothing short of fantastic.

I attended UPEI for two short semesters, but faced with indecision about my future and the financial strain of student life, I opted to leave, and was soon presented with an opportunity to obtain TESOL certification.

Traveling has always been in my plans, and to be paid while doing it seemed like the best possible scenario. With this teaching certificate, I can work in many countries around the world, but I chose China because of the money available here. I make 10,000 RMB monthly, not to mention that my housing, travel expenses, many of my meals and other fees are paid for.

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image courtesy rfa.org

My salary in Canadian dollars is less than $2,000/month, which may sound relatively low, but the cost of living is much cheaper here than it is in Canada. I’ve treated groups of friends to dinner and drinks, and less than $60 usually covers the table. My winter coat cost me around $15, a taxi ride across the city shouldn’t be more than $4, and if you opt for the bus, only 20 to 40 cents. My Chinese colleagues make two or three times less than I do – and they live quite comfortably.

Since I’ve been here for a while, I now know where to go and what to avoid, but the biggest adjustment for any foreigner coming to China is the food. There’s a saying that the Chinese can cook and eat anything, and they seem to. Don’t expect any similarities to your favourite China Garden combo plate: I’ve yet to spot a single egg roll, sweet & sour chicken ball, or fortune cookie. Instead, my office building’s cafeteria-style restaurant serves up a variety of local dishes: chicken foot soup, pig’s blood stir-fry, sheep’s brain, fish heads, and tree fungus…I could go on.

That said, there are so many delicious Chinese foods and they cost next to nothing. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and seafood is sold on the streets everywhere, not to mention in massive Chinese supermarkets. Vendors arrive with their food carts on every corner nightly. Chinese people are very hospitable, and I’m often invited to visit the homes of my colleagues, students, and even strangers who spot me eating in a restaurant.

Speaking of strangers, in a small city like mine, foreigners are not common, and there are even fewer foreign girls. I once met a girl from the Philippines, but besides that I haven’t seen another foreign woman in Linyi. I’ve gotten used to the fact that passersby will stare at me as I walk, take transit, bike, or do anything in public. Many will point me out to their friends and families, and still more will stop to take a photo, paparazzi-style.

Since Chinese children learn English in school (like we learn French in Canada), they are often the most fluent of their families, and can have a short conversation with me. Chinese men are also quite interested in my foreign-ness, and since their English is quite limited, their catcalls are usually limited to just “hello”. If a Chinese person can speak English, they will often want to practice with me, and they often offer to help me in any way they can.

My favourite part of this entire experience, hands-down, is the teaching. For the first time in my albeit short working life, I love my job. I’ve always loved children, and although the language barrier made it difficult at first, I’ve gotten to know and love my students.

image courtesy Lesley MacLean

image courtesy Lesley MacLean

I work for a private school, meaning the children come here once or twice a week after their regular school day or on weekends. There’s nothing better to me than to have them run up, screaming “Lesley!”, and getting a hug or a kiss. I’m trying desperately to learn Chinese, so I can communicate with them better, and my colleagues are helping me with this. My co-workers and co-teachers have become my second family. Anytime I need anything, whether I’m sick, struggling to remember a lesson plan, or even just trying to call a taxi, I can count on them to help me out.

Living abroad has certainly made me appreciate many aspects of Canadian life. One aspect in particular is clean air: smog is not much fun. But living and working abroad has also taught me that there are so many new things to experience. Every day, I do something for the first time, and getting used to and adapting to this new way of life has shown me how flexible I can be.

There are so many times during the week that I still take a step back and remind myself that I’m in China. Less than a year ago I was sitting in a classroom in Main Building, wondering what to do with myself. Now I’m glad to have solved that puzzle, at least for the time being.

Advocacy and Advice from VP Academic and External Travis Gordon

image courtesy UPEI

image courtesy UPEI

By Chris Gibson

As you probably know, your very own UPEI SU Vice President Academic and External Travis Gordon is always busy advocating for UPEI students. I managed to catch up with him in a rare free moment to see what has been on his docket recently, as well as get some advice from him for anyone who is considering running in the upcoming Student Union election.

Cadre: Well Travis, what’s new in the advocacy portfolio?

TG: “Well, the political climate has shifted dramatically here on Prince Edward Island. Instead of a government and an opposition, we now have essentially two parties running fairly high profile leadership conventions. So both parties do have a leader right now, but political power on PEI is very much in flux. It’s an interesting advocacy environment to work within. Our focus has shifted from meeting with MLAs to meeting with those who may be likely to form the next power centers.

“We are also undertaking a number of campus activities. The Academic and External Affairs Committee is working on an easy-to-read guide for students who need to make complaints, either against a professor [or an] academic decision or against the University. We’re working on student opinion of teaching surveys and putting that into the student feedback surveys we conducted in December. The tobacco use policy is also something that we’re working on again.”

Cadre: Anything else?

TG: “With respect to my work with CASA, we’re working on a Get Out the Vote Campaign, which will hopefully get students interested. We’ll be working to make sure students are voting in good numbers here in Charlottetown and in their ridings across the country. We’re working with Elections Canada to put a polling station on campus where students can vote in any election across the country here on this campus. That’s a work in progress.”

Cadre: Do you have any advice or sage words for those running for your position in the Student Union election this year?

TG: “The first thing everybody needs to acknowledge in terms of these positions is that you never know what these terms are going to throw at you. You have to be ready for anything. In my position, [you need] good research skills, good reading skills, and good social skills. You also need to be able to read social cues, understand complex issues and be able to break them down for people. You also need to be able to effectively advocate to everyone and be able to do that with confidence. And you have to be confident in the work that you’ve put in and understand that the goal ultimately is to help the students that have elected you.”

Faculties Getting Ready to Battle it Out in Frozen Four Tournament

image courtesy Frozen Four Tournament

image courtesy Frozen Four Tournament

By Ally Harris

There is always plenty to do on the UPEI campus.

In fact, in the winter months, there is always something to keep you busy. In February, Reading Week provides a much needed break. In March, the annual Beach Blast tournament and pub gives everyone an excuse to have fun. And in April, the sweet relief of the end of another school year.

So that leaves January, which normally offers nothing more than the post-Christmas-break blues. But this year, a couple of students decided to change that.

“(We wanted) to have something to look forward to on campus that is inclusive for all faculties during the cold month of January,” said Jeremy MacAulay, one of the organizers of the Frozen Four hockey tournament coming up on Friday.

The inter-faculty tournament will determine once and for all which is the best faculty on campus: Science, Arts, Business, or the other faculties such as Engineering and Nursing.

The event has been in the works for a while and if all goes well this weekend, MacAulay said he hopes it will happen again next year.

“The talks about a Frozen Four tournament have been ongoing since early November, but the push for the tournament never really started until after exams. It was an idea brought forth by the President of the Business Society, Ryan Cassidy, and it has been a team effort between him, myself, and the whole society in organizing the event. We figured if we could be successful in starting this, it could become an annual event each January.”

The games will take place on Friday in Rink B of the MacLauchlan Arena and are free to attend. The tournament kicks off with Business taking on Arts at 1 p.m., followed by Science vs. Miscellaneous at 2:10 p.m. The winner of each game will battle for the title at 3:15 p.m.

Plus, if an afternoon of free hockey isn’t enough to get your attention, one lucky student will have the chance to win $25,000.

All you have to do to enter is attend the games. When students enter the arena, they will each receive a ballot to enter the draw.

“Before the championship game, a ballot will be drawn. That lucky student will have the chance to shoot from one end of the rink to the other and get the puck into the net with an obstacle in the way,” said MacAulay.

“If the $25,000 isn’t enough incentive (to attend), I don’t know what is.”

MacAulay, who will be playing on the Business team, encourages all students to come out and support their faculty.

“The atmosphere in the rink will be spectacular and we’d really like to see all the faculties come out and support their teams in whichever way possible.

“I’m all for signs that let the Business captain, Riley Shea, know he has stone hands.”

More information on the tournament can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Recipe: How to Make Pork and Cabbage Dumplings

image courtesy kidology.com

image courtesy kidology.com

By Jing Zhao

Dumplings are a traditional food in China, and Chinese people eat them on Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival. All family members gather together and make dumplings, which symbolizes unity and is an expression of happiness. I think dumplings are one of the most delicious foods in the world, so I thought I would share my dumpling recipe.

Ingredients and Utensils 

First, prepare the ingredients and kitchen utensils. You will need a cutting board, knife, spoons, different sized bowls, plastic wrap, and a rolling pin. You will also need the following ingredients: Pork, green onions, cabbage, ginger, flour, water, and salt, soy sauce, cooking wine, sesame oil, and white pepper for seasonings.

Steps

1. Make the dough. First, put one part flour and four parts room temperature water in a big bowl. Use room temperature water, rather than hot and cold water, in order to make sure the dough is malleable. Then, mix the flour and water together and use your hands to knead the dough until it is smooth. Put plastic wrap over the bowl and put it aside to rise for at least fifteen minutes. The plastic wrap is used to shorten the dough’s rising time.

2. Make the filling. While waiting for the dough to rise, start making the filling. The filling greatly influences the taste of the dumplings. Use a knife to chop the pork into small pieces, similar to the size of yellow beans. Then, chop the cabbage, ginger, and green onion in equal sizes. The ratios are ten parts pork, twenty parts cabbage, one part ginger, and one part green onion.

3. Mix the ingredients. Put all of ingredients into another big bowl and use chopsticks to mix them, adding one teaspoon of cooking wine and white pepper, two teaspoons of salt, and three teaspoons of soy sauce and sesame seed oil. Use a spoon to stir all of the contents together.

4. Make the wrappers. First, scatter some flour on the cutting board so the dough will not stick. Take the dough out of the bowl and put it on the cutting board. Use a knife to cut the dough into pieces as big as Ping-Pong balls. Use your hands to knead the dough and use the rolling pin to roll them into circular disc shapes.

5. Fill the wrappers. When the wrappers are complete, place a small tablespoon of the filling in the centre of each wrapper. Then, put the wrapper with filling on the left hand if you are right-handed and use the right hand to fold the wrapper over. Pinch the two edges into the shape of an arch. Push the edges together again to make sure they will not break. Now your dumpling is complete! Repeat this step with the remainder of your wrappers to make more dumplings.

6. Cook! Now it is time to cook them. Boil a pot of water and put the dumplings into the pot slowly. Wait about fifteen minutes and then use a long spoon to stir the water twice, so that the dumplings do not stick to each other. The dumplings should be cooked after fifteen minutes.

Even though there are quite a few steps to make dumplings, they are delicious and fun to make! Good luck making your own dumplings!

The Benefits of Thinking Small

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By Olivia Robinson

It took a trip to Ottawa to remind me of the magic of the Atlantic provinces.

Don’t take that the wrong way; I love Ottawa. The Rideau Canal glows at night and the Library of Parliament is still one of my favorite places. But sometimes, the best things happen when you think small.

In fact, there was a session this week at the Canadian University Press National Conference called “The Little Picture” given by Chris Jones from Esquire. Along with being laugh-out-loud funny thanks to Jones’ hilarious stories, the session reminded me of the connections between creative writing and journalism. Jones spoke about how sometimes, the strongest stories are those that focus on the details.

The same is true for creative writing, in my opinion. The strongest novels I’ve read are the ones that are full of seemingly small details that provide the whole picture. A story doesn’t need to be epic in order to make the reader feel. The same can be said for stories that happen in real life.

One block away from the hotel where we stayed, I found a bar called Lunenburg, like the town on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Decorated in true East Coast fashion with anchors, ship wheels, and lots of wood, I felt right at home. And so did the people I met from two other East Coast student newspapers, Jenna from The Baron in New Brunswick and Rachel from The Watch in Halifax.

It can be overwhelming to attend a conference because there is limited time to make lasting connections with other student journalists. Between the sessions and social events, it is impossible to talk to everyone. But if you’re lucky enough to find a place like Lunenburg, everything seems a bit less rushed.

We went to the pub one evening for a drink and some nachos and got to talking about the wonderful provinces we call home. While we talked, the music transitioned from live fiddle to some 90’s classics and we reveled in nostalgia. It’s easy to forget about the benefits of small town life when living in huge cities is glorified. Cities are where the jobs are apparently, which is one of the major reasons why university graduates are drawn there. But I’ve realized that there is something special in the atmosphere and the people of the Atlantic provinces.

Between discussion about the undeniable attraction of the brightly coloured Newfoundland row houses, the abundance of friendly people in Atlantic Canada, and the comforting smell of the ocean, a friendship was formed. We probably would have met anyway since we are all from Atlantic papers, but the atmosphere at Lunenburg allowed us to connect better than we would have during a conference session. The couple of hours we spent at the pub were the best reminder of why I love the Maritimes so much, and also why it’s important to travel in order to obtain perspective.

It’s easy to get sucked into thinking big. From the beginning, we are encouraged to have dreams and think critically about big world issues. But sometimes the best things happen when you think small. I know that at least for a little while after graduation, I will have to live in a big city, but now I know that I won’t live there forever. The Atlantic provinces have my heart.

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